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Why Everyone Is Baking Banana Bread… & other recipes!

Last Friday, I took over the University of Warwick Instagram story to show how I am maintaining my well-being whilst in lockdown. One of my favourite things to do when I have free time is bake & I got lots of questions about the recipes for the cakes, cookies & brownies I shared. I think the reason people have taken up baking since being stuck at home is because baking is one of those lovely hobbies that feels productive, isn’t too difficult so long as you have a recipe, yield’s delicious treats, and seems like one of those things you would always do ‘if you had the time’. So, here are my favourite baking recipes for you to try whilst staying at home!

Banana Bread

Banana Bread is a very popular recipe because it’s easy to make & it’s a great use of overripe bananas. Although there’s lots of variations, my favourite & easy recipe is as follows!

3 large overripe bananas

225g plain flour 

100g brown sugar

75g vegetable oil

3 tsp baking powder

3 tsp cinnamon 

50g chocolate chips (optional)

Simply mash the bananas, mix with the oil & sugar. Sieve in the flour, add the baking powder and cinnamon. Combine all & add the chocolate chips if using. Bake in a lined tray, in a preheated oven at 180 C for 20 minutes, then cover the top with foil to avoid browning, and bake for another 20 minutes or until cooked throughout!

Recipe adapted from here.

Brownies

I love making brownies because they are pretty simple, don’t require decorating, and most people love them!

1 cup + 2 tbsp soy milk

1/2 cup + 3 tbsp oil

1 tbsp vanilla extract

1 cup plain flour

1 cup cocoa powder

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/3 cup white sugar

2 tbsp cornstarch

2/3 cup chocolate chips (optional)

Whisk together the first three ingredients as your wet mix. Then in a separate bowl, combine all of your dry ingredients. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix in chocolate chips if using. Place the batter in a lined tin and bake in a preheated oven at 165 C for 16-20 mins. They will come out a little underdone, proceed to cool the brownies in the fridge so that they set firm!

Recipe adapted from here.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

200g margarine

125g soft light brown sugar

100g caster sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

250g plain flour

½ tsp baking powder

½ tsp bicarbonate of soda

a pinch of salt

200g vegan dark chocolate chips

1 tbsp soya milk

Combine the margarine, brown sugar, white sugar and vanilla in a bowl. Sieve in the remaining dry ingredients. Add the chocolate chips and the tablespoon of soya milk and mix into the dough. Use an ice-cream scoop or spoon to place small balls of dough onto a parchment lined baking tray. Bake at 180 C for 10 minutes or until golden brown. 

Lemon Drizzle Cake 

1/3 cup + 1 tsp vegetable oil

1 cup caster sugar

1 tbsp lemon zest

2 cups + 1 tsp plain flour

1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

1 pinch of salt

1 cup soy milk

1 tbsp fresh lemon juice 

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2 tbsp caster sugar

2 tbsp lemon juice 

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2/3 cup of icing sugar

2 tbsp lemon juice

Mix the oil and sugar and lemon zest in a bowl. Sieve in the flour, salt and bicarbonate of soda. Add the soy milk and throughly mix to combine. Stir in the lemon juice. Bake in a lined tin, in a preheated oven at 170 C for 35-45 minutes, or until a wooden skewer comes out clean. Once baked, mix together 2tbsp caster sugar with 4 tbsp lemon juice. Poke hole in the top of the cake and brush the lemon/sugar mix over it.  Finally, when the cake is completely cooled, combine the icing sugar and lemon juice and drizzle over the cake. 

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Enjoy baking!

 

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