Caramel & Pecan Banana Blondies

caramel & pecan banana blondies
Tomorrow is the one month mark of being home in Melbourne.
Surreal? Completely. A little bit disorientating? Absolutely.

After spending 18 months having the most incredible time living in London, I arrived back home to surprise my twin sister for our 21st birthday. After almost letting it slip mannnyyyy a times on Skype the surprise was successful! (Including jumping out of the pantry to surprise me mum – 100% worth it).

The past month has been a little bit of a whirlwind of catching up with friends (and therefore eating my weight in Melbourne brunches), hugging my dog daily against his own will, feeding the family and settling in. Then BAM before you know it, it’s November… how did this happen?!

caramel & pecan banana blondies
Amongst the craze of being home, a new self titled ‘folio’ website is up and running! With tabs for food photography & styling, cake orders, and supper clubs which will be going next year!
www.becdickinson.com 

Oh and I made these blondies too! They didn’t last long at all… I must get used to sharing my baked goods now at home with a family.. But you know how it is, I’ll take any excuse to bake more. Naturally.
The recipe couldn’t be simpler and more tempting to go back for thirds.
A melt and mix method, where caramel is the only minor concentration you’ll have to focus on (I have forgotten about many a caramels on the stove top before…).
Then cut to serve, or as my sister is doing in the picture – dig right out of the pan!
No judgement here. In fact, I’d respect that.

caramel & pecan banana blondies

CARAMEL & PECAN BANANA BLONDIES
 
Ingredients
200g light brown sugar
130g butter
1 egg
2 bananas, sliced roughly
2 tsp vanilla extract
200g plain flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
200g pecans

Salted Caramel:
2 tsp light corn syrup/glucose syrup
4 tbsp water
100g caster sugar
120ml double cream
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp salt

Method
1. Preheat the oven to 180C and line a 20cm square tin with baking paper.
2. Make the caramel first by placing the corn syrup, water, and sugar in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Do not stir the mixture while it’s boiling. Continue to boil until it thickens and turns a light brown caramel color. Remove from the heat and slowly stir in the cream, vanilla, and salt with a wire whisk. If the caramel clumps unevenly, place back on the stove on low heat, and stir until it becomes smooth. Set to the side to cool completely, or place in the fridge to speed up the cooling time.
3. In a small saucepan, melt together the sugar and butter, pour into a mixing bowl and set aside to cool slightly.
4. Using a hand whisk, beat the egg into the sugar and butter mixture, then the banana and vanilla.
5. Fold in the flour and baking powder and pour into the prepared tin. Pour over 3/4 of the caramel, reserving the rest to spoon over once baked. Sprinkle over the pecans and bake for 30 minutes or until skewer inserted comes out clean.
6. Spoon over the remaining caramel and enjoy!

 

Breakfast Banana Loaf

Breakfast banana loaf
Not gonna lie to you… laziness is sorta a trait I aspire to perfect…
To hit the big time in achieving so much whilst doing the absolute bare minimum… yah, Laziness is Lifestyle.

I mean, I’m not a complete rookie in the game, you wouldn’t believe it, but I’ve actually been in training for quite sometime.
Note:
– the 2 in 1 shampoo and conditioner in the shower, cause who seriously has the time, (and not to mention arm strength) to lather twice the hair product through my hair…. not this kid!
– the large water jug I have sitting next to me by the tv or at my desk, cause who can be bothered getting up for a refill when it’s in the jug right next to me!
– the pure act of sitting down in the most random places to brush my teeth… cause… well…. why bother standing up to do such a basic act of cleaning…. it just makes sense…

breakfast banana loaf
And speaking of pure laziness, there is no better time then to optimise your well honed skills then in the morning, when you’re fresh out of bed and the last thing you want to do is be all ‘on the ball’… cause who has time for that? (certainly not this chronically late kid!)

So to save all that fiff-faffffffin in the morning going all milk then cereal in bowl or get the fry pan out, whisk eggs, cook eggs blah blah blah, stuff tired me would probably burn my hand doing cause i’m still half dreaming…. I’ve got a ‘one toast breakfast stop!’ (tots had the line buzzing round in my head for ages… sad, I know).
And this isn’t your everyday toasty business, this is a bit more… shall I say… lazy.. yet all in one breaky!
I’ve put in all the morning stuff into one loaf, so all you need to do in bang it in the toaster, lather it in butter, or top with yoghurt and berries and bang out the door or spend those extra few minutes actually waking up!

Think of all the usual breaky subjects and they’re in that loaf… coffee, yoghurt, honey, muesli and even your morning fruit – banana! Win win win win my friends!

I didn’t choose the lazy life, the lazy life chose me…

breakfast banana loaf
So, to back track us a wee little bit right now… the whole idea of all your breakfast needs being in one loaf sorta hit me one afternoon when I was in the deep process of making a coffee walnut cake, and amongst lovin’ those coffee fumes (and left over cake batter) I thought, YAH! There is a way I can have my coffee and have my cake too! (did I get that saying right… or did I just end up sounding like a fool wanting cake for breakfast…)
Put coffee IN breakfast bread and that saves making a coffee in the morning/convinces my brain i’ve had my morning coffee hit.

Plus with the beverages, you could also just replace the coffee with your favourite morning drink if coffee is just not your thang! e.g. hot chocolate, chai concentrate, even mocha!

breakfast banana loaf
P.S. So sorry for the delay in posting! The past week I’ve been sick and flemmmy (yep, you did not need the details) and curled up in a ball in bed sleeping the days away…
I have a real hard time telling myself to STOP and sit still, so this kinda forced me to just chill for a while and now I’m back in the game, and loaded on vitamins to face the Winter ahead! (damn.. I hope didn’t jinx my chances of getting sick again in winter…)

BREAKFAST BANANA LOAF

Ingredients
120g butter, room temperature
60g brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla essence
2 eggs, room temperature
250g ripe bananas, mashed (approx 3 small bananas or 2 large bananas)
60g greek yoghurt
50g honey
3 tbsp instant coffee powder (good quality) combined with 3 tbsp boiling water
200g plain flour
1 tsp bi-carb soda

Topping:
3 tbsp brown sugar
1/3 cup muesli
1/4 cup walnuts, roughly chopped

Yoghurt, berries and honey to serve

Method
1. Preheat the oven to 170C and line a regular size loaf (900g capacity).
2. Using an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar together. Add the vanilla and the eggs one at a time, adding the next one when the mixture is well combined.
3. Add the banana, greek yoghurt, honey and coffee and beat until combined. Then fold through flour, soda and cinnamon until just combined (over stirring will make the cake tougher) and pour into the prepared loaf tin.
4. Top with the sugar, muesli and walnuts, and bake for 1 hr – 1 hr and 15 mins or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.
Serve with yoghurt, berries and honey and enjoy!

** can be made the day before and refrigerated overnight – toasting it in the morning with a slab of butter is another great way to enjoy this breaky loaf!

Thanks for stopping by!

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