Saturday, October 14, 2006

In Which The Gorilla Pays His Dues

A Banana Loaf For Siun

  • 3 oz. butter
  • 8 oz. self-raising flour
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 3 egg whites
  • A few drops banana essence (optional but strongly recommended.)
  • 3 oz. soft dark brown sugar (muscavado)
  • 1 gill milk
  • 3 large bananas

How to make it:

Get your oven to 350° F

While the oven is heating do the following:

  1. Cream together the butter and sugar.
  2. Beat the egg yolks for 5 minutes add them to the butter mixture.
  3. Add the milk
  4. Add the flour.
  5. Stir thoroughly.
  6. Mash the bananaa and add.
  7. Add the banana essence.
  8. Stir thoroughly.
  9. Beat the egg whites until they're stiff fold them into the mixture.
  10. Transfer the whole shebanb into a greased loaf dish.
  11. Bake at 350° F.for about 1 hour. You know it's done when a knitting needle comes out clean.
  12. Turn onto a wire rack to cool.
  13. Serve sliced plain or (if liked) sliced and spread thinly with butter.

I don't know how long it keeps because in my household it's always been eaten down to the last crumb within 24 hours.

Baked Apricots with Almond Paste for Grania

  • A baseball bat.
  • Wooden cocktail sausage sticks
  • About a dozen large ripe apricots (they should be firm)
  • 1 cup blanched almonds
  • 1/2 cup flor melis (or any other superfine sugar)
  • 3 tablespoons rose water

How to make it:

Get your oven to 350° F

While the oven is heating do the following:

  1. Wash the apricots but don't skin them.
  2. Dump the other ingredients into a food blender and blend them to a soft paste.
  3. Cut the apricots in half and remove the stone.
  4. Form the paste into balls and gently shove into the cavity left by the stone.
  5. Press the two halves together gently, and insert the cocktail sausage sticks to hold them together.
  6. Put the filled apricots onto an ungreased heat-proof dish and pop into the øvn
  7. Bake until slightly softened. (About 20 minutes check after 15)
  8. They're very nice eaten warm but for my money they're best eaten chilled.
  9. If you choose to serve them chilled stand in front of the refridgerator waving the baseball bat agressively at all family members who approach. (Or resign yourself to a dessertless meal.)

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