I’ll share two of my recipes below to start.
The World’s Easiest Banana Cake
Cream 100g butter with 175g sugar. Beat in 2 eggs. Mash in 4 over-ripe bananas, 1 tablespoon lemon juice and if you want, some chopped nuts (optional) or raisins (optional). Don’t worry if it looks curdled. Sieve in 300g plain flour, 2.5 teaspoons of baking powder and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Mix. Bake for 1hr 15 minutes-ish at gas mark 4.
The beauty of this recipe is how flexible it is. You can include or omit nuts, raisins, other dried fruit, a glug of something alcoholic, lemon juice (can also be replaced with apple cider vinegar), and the salt. I have made it with self raising flour when I ran out of plain and it was fine. I’ve also left out the baking powder accidentally and although it was denser it was still nice. The bananas I usually pick up from the reduced section at Morrisons when they’re really really over-ripe. The riper they are, the more fragrant the cake.
My Nan’s Soda Bread
Add some sour milk and/or natural yoghurt to some brown and white flour (equal amounts of each type of flour). Add a little bit of baking soda and a smidge of salt. Mix gently until it looks like dough. Careful not to knock the air out of it. Shape into a circular bread roll shape and put in the oven for a bit. When it sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom, it’s cooked.
I’m afraid, being my Nan’s recipe, there are no measurements. It’s all "bit of this", "some of that", "until it looks right". It’s how she’s always cooked, and it takes a little getting used to, but if you’re trying this recipe, just follow your instincts and you’ll probably be fine.
Anyone got anything else to share? I still have a great chocolate brownie recipe to share that’s egg-free, fairly low fat and very very yummy, but I’m not sharing till someone else does!