Monday, 27 October 2008

Some Baking & My 100th Post :)

When I first started this blog I had no expectations and was not at all sure where it would take me. one hundred posts later nothing much has changed. most importantly I'm still having fun & for the most part enjoying meeting all the lovely bloggers out there.

over the weekend I did some baking. peanut butter & banana muffins (yum) & apple, walnut & oat quick bread (very nice) these usually don't last long in this house!

Peanut butter & Banana Muffins

1 1/4 cups self-raising flour, sifted
1/2 cup raw sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
40g butter, melted and cooled
2 eggs
3/4 cup milk
2 ripe bananas, mashed
1/2 cup peanut butter


  1. Preheat oven to 200°C. Grease muffin pan. Combine flour and sugar in a mixing bowl. Make a well in the centre.
  2. with a whisk or fork, whisk butter, egg, milk, cinnamon, peanut butter and bananas together in a jug. Add to flour mixture and fold together until just combined.
Spoon into prepared pans and bake for 25 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the middle of a muffin comes out clean. Cool in the pans for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack.

Walnut, Apple & Oat Quick Bread


Melted butter, for greasing
125g unsalted butter, cubed, at room temperature
220g (1 cup) raw sugar
1 tsp vanilla essence
2 eggs
2 apples
225g (1 1/2 cups) self raising flour
2 tsp ground cinnamon

Pinch salt
approx 1 cup milk
3/4 cup crushed walnuts
1/2 small cup oats


  1. Preheat oven to 170°C. Brush a 9.5 x 19.5cm (base measurement) loaf pan with the melted butter to grease. Line the base with non-stick baking paper.
  2. Use electric beaters to beat the butter, sugar and vanilla essence in a medium mixing bowl, scraping down the sides of the bowl occasionally, for 5-10 minutes or until pale and creamy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition until combined.
  3. Peel and dice the apples. Sift together the flour and 1 tsp of the cinnamon with the baking powder and salt into a separate bowl. Use a large metal spoon to fold the flour mixture and milk alternately into the butter mixture. Fold in the diced apple with the walnuts until just combined. Spoon the mixture into the prepared pan and smooth the surface with the back of a spoon.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the loaf comes out clean. Turn the loaf out onto a wire rack.


Swati said...

Hey many many congratulations on your 100 posts...
Both the goodies looks and taste super!!

mikky said...

cheers to you for your 1ooth post... and the muffins look yum... :)

kali-kisses said...

Wow, both of the recipes sound delicious. Especially the muffins, I've been wanting to bake something with peanut butter now for ages so I'll have to try these :D

That Girl said...

Happy 100th!

Sam said...

Congrats on your 100th post!

Maria said...

Congrats on 100 posts! That is awesome!!

BaL said...

Great recipes & congrat.s on the 100th post :)

Wishing the very best!

Donna said...

Happy 100th!!!!! Good for you! And these look Wonderful sweetie!! Happy weekend!!hugugs

Foodycat said...

Happy blogoversary! And your baking looks wonderful.

Faery said...

Congratulations on you 100th post :).
I have a surprise for you in blog please come see

Anonymous said...

Yea! 100 post is awesome. I enjoy reading your blog.

Kevin said...

Congrats on 100 tasty posts! Nice looking loaf!

Dee said...

Hmm... I thought I left a comment.

Dell, thank you for the lovely, kind words. It really made a difference.

Congratulations on your 100th. I'm glad you're having fun - I do everytime I visit - because that's the most important bit about blogging, isn't it?

I'm not surprised the muffins didn't last very long. They wouldn't have stood a chance in my household either.

Happy cook said...

I missed this post, congragulatuons with you Century post.

Cooking and the City said...
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Cooking and the City said...

Thank you so much everyone, I really do appreciate all your kind words. am having so much fun blogging and the real bonus & pleasure is *meeting* all you lovely folk. many thanks again & hugs :-)

Dellene B :) xxoo

Jerri - Simply Sweet Home said...

The muffins sound great. Congrats on your 100th post!

Jaime said...

congrats on your 100th post! those both look very delicious, esp the muffins :)

Cooking and the City said...

Jerri, thanks as always, appreciate it :-)

Jaime, really appreciate your kind words, thank you :-)

Ruth E said...

Congrats on 100 posts my dear friend!!!! Here's to the next 100!!!!

Cooking and the City said...

Ruth, thanks a lot sweetie! your kind words & encouragement mean a lot :-)

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