Sunday, 12 April 2020

Zombie Cake Banana Bread

A tempting banana loaf infused with the taste of porter – specifically BrewDog Zombie Cake – which gives it an amazing depth of flavour.

Zombie Cake Banana Bread - infused with a chocolatey porter

Well, since everyone has been in lockdown, it seems we have all taken to using up our foosty (great Scottish word there) bananas in the best way we know how – turning them into banana bread. There is something warm and comforting about banana bread and that is why we are possibly turning to this old favourite, in these difficult times.

To add flavour to mine, I decided to add my favourite porter to the mix, as I knew the flavours in Zombie Cake from BrewDog, would work extremely well with the ‘nana sweetness of the cake batter. Zombie Cake is described as a praline porter, with notes of toffee and chocolate, followed by vanilla, coffee and nuts. So you can see exactly why I thought this would be a perfect combination.

BrewDog Zombie Cake Porter

Aside from drinking the porter, this is a great way to get my BrewDog fix which I am missing greatly since the pub has been shut!

Zombie Cake Banana Bread - infused with a chocolatey porter

I made my usual banana loaf recipe, changing the amounts slightly to compensate for the added liquid. I used very ripe bananas which were way past their best for eating, ideal for the recipe. I mashed them up with a fork and then set about making the batter.

Zombie Cake Banana Bread - infused with a chocolatey porter

To top the cake, I had pre-cut slices of banana which when baked, looked lovely on top of the finished loaf. Doing this is entirely optional, but remember to do this before you mash the bananas.

When eating the cake, I could taste all those notes from the Zombie Cake porter, which did give it an amazing depth of flavour which you couldn’t quite put your finger on. It kept the banana bread moist and I stored it in an airtight container for a week, having a wee slice each night with a cuppa.

Zombie Cake Banana Bread - infused with a chocolatey porter




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Zombie Cake Banana Bread
Moist Banana Bread infused with a chocolate porter
Ingredients
  • 60ml vegetable oil
  • 100 grams dark brown sugar
  • 50 grams granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 Over ripe Bananas Mashed
  • 200 grams plain flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 125ml BrewDog Zombie Cake Porter
Instructions
Preheat the oven to 180C (160C fan) and grease and flour a regular sized loaf tin.In a bowl, sift together the flour, salt, bicarb and cinnamon. Set aside.In another bowl, beat together the veg oil, sugars, egg and vanilla until thoroughly combined.Add the mashed banana and stir this through.Add the dry ingredients and mix these together until just combined and dry bits can be seen.Lastly add the porter and stir this through before pouring the batter into the loaf pan.Top with the banana slices if doing so, the place in the oven and cook for 55 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean from the centre of the cake.Once baked, leave to cool before removing from the pan.Allow to cool completely before slicing. The banana bread keeps well for a week in an airtight container.
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Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 1 loaf cake

Disclaimer: I have not been paid for this post. However, I do hold shares in BrewDog.

Sunday, 29 March 2020

White Chocolate Chunk Blondies

gooey caramel blondies studded with chunks of white chocolate

I always wondered what it would take to get me blogging and now I know – a global pandemic!

Hello everyone, in case you have missed me, and I hope you that you are all staying safe and well in these crazy, scary times we are now living in.

I have had some time on my hands, like most of you out there. I will be at work some of the time, as I am a key worker, but will be at home for periods too. So I have cleaned the house, tidied the garden, caught up with the seasons I haven’t seen of Chicago Fire, but what else could I do?

With Disneyboi fiddling away on the PC upstairs, as he can work from home, I thought why not a spot of baking? It’s been a while, but there is something extremely calming and comforting about baking as I’m sure, if you have stumbled upon this post, you agree with too.

So I popped to the supermarket with a list of ingredients (along with other essentials!) and queued to get into the shop, staying 2 metres away from my fellow shoppers. With barely a square of Andrex, or bag of penne to be found, thankfully I could see the white chocolate staring at me from the shelves.

gooey caramel blondies studded with chunks of white chocolate


I had a hankering for White Chocolate Chunk Blondies, which is nothing too outrageous, but just what I fancied. For white chocolate it has to be Milky Bar, the best white chocolate around. As I child I was often called the Milky Bar kid, as I had a shock of whitey blonde hair and a pair of penny rounder, John Lennon style, spectacles with the wee loops which went around my ears to keep them on. I think I might have been quite cute!

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I digress however. I wanted to make a gooey bar of caramelised sugar studded with delicious white chocolate. So my go to recipe for blondies was adapted to include a mixture of milky bar chunks and lots of milky bar giant buttons.

This is so easy to mix up with just a few ingredients that you may already have lurking in your kitchen cupboards. It takes no time at all to bake in the oven and is scrummy to eat when still warm from the oven.

gooey caramel blondies studded with chunks of white chocolate

Baked in a brownie pan, or any square tin you have, I lined mine with greaseproof paper which I keep in place with some binder clips - all sterilised and cleaned of course. For the chunks I chopped each chunk of large bar of Milky Bar into two and mixed these through, along with giant Milky Bar button. Any white chocolate you like would suffice of course.

The recipe uses vegetable oil. Using oil instead of butter ensures that the bars stay gooey and moist even once cooled. Any flavourless oil would work here, but I always have veg oil on hand.

I baked them in my oven which has a mind of it's own and they are a bit darker on top than I would have liked. But it doesn't affect the taste at all, it's purely aesthetic. If you'd like paler coloured blondies, you can always tent your pan with a bit of foil to stop it catching.

gooey caramel blondies studded with chunks of white chocolate


The dark brown sugar in the recipe gives the bars a golden caramel taste and with the ultra-sweet white chocolate they are ideal for those of you, like me, with an extremely sweet tooth.

Once made, I cut them into squares and sat down to enjoy them with a cuppa and an episode of Tiger King – desperate times!!

If you make these, I hope you enjoy and please stay safe everyone.



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White  Chocolate Chunk Blondies
Soft caramelly bars of deliciousness studded with tons of white chocolate chunks and buttons
Ingredients
  • 125ml vegetable oil
  • 230 grams dark brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 125 grams plain flour
  • 100 grams white chocolate chunks
  • 100 grams giant white chocolate buttons
Instructions
Line an 8"x8" brownie pan with greaseproof paper and preheat the oven to 180C (150C fan). In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, bicarb and salt. Set aside.In another bowl, stir together the sugar and vegetable oil until it resembles wet sand. Add the egg and vanilla and stir to combine.Add the dry ingredients and mix until combined. Add the white chocolate and stir these through also.Pour the batter into the brownie panWith a spatula or knife, spread the mixture into the corers of the pan. Place in the oven and bake for 15 minutes.Allow the blondies to cool slightly before removing gently from the pan. Then with a knife cut into 16 equal squares. Your blondies can be eaten slightly warm and stored in an airtight container up to a week.
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Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 16 bars