Banana Beasts

This one is for fans of big,robust, hearty baking for sure!

I added my own twist of some piped melted plain chocolate on top.

I added my own twist of some piped melted plain chocolate on top.

I came across the blog of GBBO 2011 contestant Mary-Anne Boerman last night, quickly this recipe caught my attention and I just HAD to give it a go! They are called banana buns- something I’ve never come across before. Admittedly, mine did turn out considerably heftier than those pictured on her blog, although to be fair she did state in her recipe that this can be the case. The option was given to either divide the dough into 6 or 8 pieces for rolling and shaping… Mary-Ann hinted that 6 would be an easier size to work with, although “they do swell up to make extremely large buns once baked”. I decided that the consensus of my consumers (being my hubby and brother) would be ‘the bigger the better’, so I happily chose the easier option of 6 hefty buns rather than 8 daintier ones! Continue reading

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My return to blogging after a year-long absence… I think this calls for a Celebration Plaited Wreath!

My first post in over a year definitely calls for something a little special. I have chosen my adaptation of John Whaite’s recipe for Chocolate, Hazelnut and Sour Cherry Celebration Plaited Wreath.

Nutella, white choc chunks and flaked almonds for the filling

Nutella, white choc chunks and flaked almonds for this indulgent filling.

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A perfect tea-time treat!

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