These cakes were bloody divine and an added bonus was NONE WERE BURNT!! Praise the lord of the ovens!! I set my timer for the recommended time but planned to check on them 5 minutes earlier. This was so I could turn them around as the back ones always cook faster than the front ones. I even went outside to push the 2 year old on the swings and forgot about them. This ended in me sprinting to the kitchen faster than Usain Bolt when I thought I had just destroyed my dam cakes. Nope. I did not.
However, I would make some changes next time I made this. I don't know if it would change the taste too much (probably) but I'm hoping only for the better. I only used 1.5 bananas and this is perfect for myself and the kids. However I think for those that like a stronger banana flavour you could double that safely and as long as you didnt eat the whole loaf yourself ( has happened to me before) then you should be fine if you treat it as a "special treat" not something you eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
I also found the cream cheese dressing had way too much dextrose in it, so I compensated for the sweetness by adding sour cream, which actually made it taste even better. I would only use 200gms of dextrose in future and I think that might even be pushing it.
Lets not forget I'm nearly a year into quitting sugar, so my sense of sweetness is quite heightened. My parents thought the icing was just right, so I guess its your call. I would personally add the dextrose in slowly and taste for yourself and add more if needed.
The recipe can be found here
Banana Bread with Cream Cheese Frosting
I also whipped up a Ricotta Cheesecake today to take down to a family barbecue at the beach. I am really, really excited to see how this one works out, as my cousin made a sugar version on Christmas night and I adored it. I substituted the sugar for dextrose and am hoping it tastes just as amazing.
I will post some photos once it is ready to be served later tonight.
Last night the 7 year old was visited by the tooth fairy for the second time in as many weeks. The toothless terror is now down his two front teeth.
I decided to make the occasion a little more special for him by writing him a heartfelt letter from the tooth fairy. It went
Dearest <insert 7 year olds name>
Wow, this is the 2nd time I have had to visit you in two weeks. I don't usually write these sort of letters because I have so many teeth to collect from all around the world but I wanted to tell you something. When I collected your teeth, this time I noticed how clean and healthy they were! Most of the teeth I collect are covered in holes and plaque. Thank you for looking after your teeth. Thank you for not drinking soft drink and creating cavities. Thank you for cutting back on lollies and chocolate. For this, instead of the usual couple of gold coins I am leaving you $10!!! This only ever happens to the most deserving little humans. Until we meet again (and hopefully this time you won't kick me in the face.. yep just as I flew in you rolled over and kicked me into the wall).
The Tooth Fairy
The 7 year old could not hide his excitement at
A) getting 10 dollars
B) getting a letter from the tooth fairy
C) kicking her into a wall
He read the letter out to me and I made a big deal of the no sugar thing and he was all cool about it and replied "no biggie". I then asked him how he would be able to keep his teeth immaculate, if he bought a soda stream and kept drinking soft drink. He told me that he will just have water now because he plans on losing another 5 teeth and making 50 big ones..…. (lets see how long that lasts)
Anyway I'm off to the beach.
Happiest Sundays to you all!!