I have been wanting to spend an afternoon baking with Archie at the weekend, but with so many plans at weekends, I just haven’t got around to it. After spending the morning at the Enfield Town Autumn Show (blog post to come) we came home and had fun in the kitchen with the rain pouring down outside. I decided to make banana fairy cakes for various reasons (easy, contains banana and yummy!).
For those that want to try them, here are the ingredients & instructions (adapted from BBC Good Food recipe):
140g plain flour (although you could use wholemeal to be extra healthy)
2 tsp baking powder
50g caster sugar
50g melted butter (cooled)
125ml semi-skimmed milk
2 small ripe bananas (however i advise an additional supply as Archie decided to consume a banana throughout the process!)
140g white chocolate, roughly chopped
cinnamon (to sprinkle)
Firstly, pop the oven on to 190C/170C fan/gas 5. Line a tin with paper cases (we managed to get 9 good sized buns out of the mixture). In a large bowl, mix the flour, baking powder and sugar with a pinch of salt.
In a separate smaller bowl, beat the egg, melted butter and milk; add one mashed banana and beat until everything is nicely mixed. This stage unfortunately was hampered by the consumption of one of the bananas!
Pour the banana mix into the flour and fold everything together. Once it is almost combined, add 85g of the chopped white chocolate.
Spoon the cake mix into the paper cases and bake for approx. 20 mins until golden and risen, and a skewer inserted comes out clean.
Cool on a wire rack.
Afterwards, melt the remaining chocolate over a pan of barely simmering water (we added a couple of squares of milk chocolate too for extra chocolatey-ness! . Allow to cool a bit, then spread on top of the cakes. Add a couple of slices of banana and sprinkle with cinnamon.
We had great fun making them, Archie seemed particularly taken with the weighing scales. We have manual and digital ones and thought we’d go for the old school manual ones. He was weighing his partially eaten banana rather than the ingredients but he had fun.