You know, I never really understood the whole peanut butter and jelly thing. It just didn’t really seem like two things that would go together. Maybe it had something to do with the fact that being allergic to nuts meant that I had no idea what peanut butter was like. Or because being in England, I had a completely different idea about what jelly was. It took me a while to realise the whole thing was actually about jam! But since making my own free from butter, I’m obsessed with this strange combo!
I don’t know why, but lately I’ve been seriously craving a crumble. A crunchy oat topping piled on top of a deliciously sweet fruit puree, baked until golden brown and perfectly crisp.
But I wasn’t into the traditional crumble idea. Sugar and pastry, and a whole heap of butter placed on top of some apple chunks. I wanted to make something that was more ‘me’. That was more something that I was likely to eat, and more importantly, that I could eat!! I was dreaming of a crunchy granola style topping; thick, clustered and deliciously moreish. Atop some slightly spiced homemade compote. Think of it as a Rosie take on an all-time favourite and classic bake.
I did it! I made banana bread! I’ve been trying to perfect this recipe for so long, and at last, I’ve finally done it. I’ve tried so many times, and honestly, most of my attempts have failed. They’ve always been ‘nearly there’ or ‘missing something’, and no matter how hard I tried, I just couldn’t get it right. I’ve tried everything, or at least, that’s what it felt like. Oat flour, plain flour, butter, eggs, raspberries… Bananas baked on top, bananas cooked inside, and even warm fried bananas placed on the side. You name it, it seems like I’ve tried it all. A lot of the experiments were good, and so nearly there. But, they were never perfect, and I refused to give up until I baked the perfect banana bread.
This is kind of a weird one, I’ll admit. It’s a bit of a mix of everything and has some of the best bits of all my previous attempts thrown into one. I searched everywhere for a scrumptious recipe, but just couldn’t find one. Maybe I’m just too picky, who knows? So, I did what I do best… I made it up as I went along.
I’ve recently discovered a love for dates. They’re sticky, sweet and completely delicious! They have a subtle, caramel-like flavour which I find completely irresistible. They’re a fairly new discovery of mine, but I really can’t get enough. I don’t know what took me so long to try them, but I’m seriously in love.
It all started around Christmas. I was looking for festive flavours and new ingredients to use to make some goodies. That’s when I came across dates. I’d only ever used dried dates in baking, like in my yummy bread (fruit tea loaf) recipe. But absolutely loved the flavours that they created.
So, when I got a pack of fresh, plump medjool dates, (which I heard were the best), I couldn’t wait to have a taste. I was shocked at how big and juicy they looked, as I always thought of them as shrivelled, sticky old fruit. But they were so good! They were full of flavour and surprisingly moreish.