Attempt number three at banana bread met with mixed success – this time I actually went for a full-on eggs and butter version, plain white flour with no added extras. I was almost disappointed at how little difference it made! It certainly had a little finer crumb, but that just made it feel a bit stodgy and it didn’t taste much sweeter, butterier or richer despite the traditional ingredients. It’s also still turning out a lot darker than my Gran’s would – I’m beginning to wonder if she made a sponge version, omitting the eggs, as whilst dense and buttery, it was also much lighter in both mouth-feel and colour. I really need to e-mail Mum and ask… I may just be remembering things over-fondly or confusing it with another favourite.
The odd light brown marks on top are actually sugar I dropped onto the cake before baking in a criss-cross pattern. It looked really nice from above, but you’ll have to trust me on that ;)
Still, my quest for a great banana bread will have to continue after I’ve gotten over being sick of the taste of banana. I’m surprised I haven’t turned yellow, yet.
I have to admit that I didn’t really expect my potted pea plant, which I grew on the living room window, to flower and set fruit but apparently it’s a tenacious little thing. I had my first peas of the season this week – something I wasn’t expecting for another few months – and they were delicious. I had almost forgotten the taste of fresh-from-the-pod peas =)