Archive for September, 2009

Bananas in an orange and coconut syrup

Ok, so the first thing about this delicious recipe is that the bananas are fried on a pan, but sometimes you just need to be a little naughty and it is only a little butter ūüôā


55g/2oz creamed coconut (sold in blocks in supermarkets & health stores)

  • 125 ml/4oz fresh orange juice
  • 1 level tsp grated orange rind
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 large bananas
  • 1 tsp butter
  • tsp cinnamon


  • Cut the creamed coconut into rough chunks and put in a pa with the orange juice, rind and lemon juice. Bring to the boil and simmer gently until the coconut has melted to give a smooth creamy sauce.
  • Cut the bananas in half and then in half again lengthwise and fry them in the butter until they begin to soften and brown.
  • Sprinkle with cinnamon and serve immediately with the orange and coconut sauce.

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Apple Cake

I serve this as a pudding with some custard in the autumn when apples are plentiful.¬† It doesn’t rise like a traditional cake so perhaps a pudding is a better way to think of it.


  • 115 g/4oz chopped dried dates
  • 90 ml/3 fl oz water
  • 115g/4 oz butter or marg
  • 170g/6 oz gluten free/rice/regular flour
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 170g/6oz sharp eating apples (weigh after peeling & coring)
  • 2¬†rounded tsp mixed spice/cinnamon
  • 2¬†rounded tsp baking powder
  • 115g/40z sultanas
  • Method

    • Grease and line a 1lb loaf tin or a 15cm/6 in¬†deep sided cake¬†tin and set the oven temp¬† to 170 centigrade or equivalent.
    • In a pan¬†simmer the¬†chopped dates and water on low heat until the mixture is soft and mushy and most of the water has been absorbed. Allow to cool.
    • Process the mixture with the butter or marg until smooth and creamy. Add the eggs, baking powder, flour and spice¬†and process again.
    • Add the apples and sultanas and process for a few seconds to combine. Don’t over-process. The mixture should have¬†a soft dropping consistency, so add a little extra water or milk¬†if needed.
    • Place the mixture in the baking tin and bake for aprox¬†50-60 mins or until golden brown and¬†firm to touch.
    • Allow the cake to cool¬† for 5 mins and then turn onto a wire rack and remove the lining paper.
    • Serve and enjoy!
  • Source: Cooking without made easy

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