Guilt-less Desserts & Treats for your Family
My husband’s gift giving ability has improved a lot over our 8 years of marriage (and our 12 years together). He set the bar pretty low to begin with so he really could only go up from there!
For our a first Christmas together I had told him not to bother with presents. He was in a poorly paying job with many parking fines and I had just finished University and had moved back in with the parents (an experience for another post!). Now, in his defence my now husband was young and perhaps inexperienced in girl speak (especially having not grown up with sisters and being a nerd – who by definition are afraid of girls!) and maybe didn’t understand the real meaning of “don’t get me anything”. So, for our first Christmas together I got nothing. It could be argued (by the male of the species most likely) that if I had said “don’t get me anything” then he in fact did the right thing, in following my orders, by not getting me anything. However it could also be argued (by the females of the species this time I’m guessing) that “don’t get me anything” means ‘I don’t want to seem like a burden or a strain on your wallet but it would be nice if you got me a present to show me how much I mean to you. Not an extravagant gift but something between a tea towel and a diamond necklace’. That’s pretty obvious isn’t it?!
No wonder the poor buggers are walking around in a permanent state of confusion, scratching their heads (or whatever else they think with!) and never knowing what the right thing to do is!
As I said to begin with, my husbands gift gifting abilities have improved a lot. Last Christmas I got a beautiful necklace with a meteor rock (because I ‘rock his world’!) and for my birthday a kitchen mixer, as you can imagine how over used my gets on a daily basis. A couple of years ago he went a bit retro and found me a set of Australian Cookery Club recipe cards from the 1980’s. There are hundreds of cards with recipes from all over the world in 25 different categories. Some of the recipes are just down right scary in their old school ingredients and poor food choices but they do prove a wonderful source of inspiration for my ‘healthified’ versions.
This Jamaican Spice Bread is (according to my 1980’s source of information) a traditional loaf served in Jamaica. Having never been there I’ll have to take their word for it, although some of their Aussie dishes left me wondering what country I grew up in! I have adapted my trusty Banana Bread recipe to include different spices and dried fruit to reflect the original recipe. The 1980’s version used Molasses but this can be substituted with your preferred liquid sweetener however the taste will differ slightly.
- 3 Eggs
- 1/4 Cup Molasses or Golden Syrup (Maple Syrup or Honey can be substituted)
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 270 grams mashed Banana
- 1/2 Cup Coconut Flour
- 3/4 Cup Almond Meal
- 1/4 Cup Arrowroot Flour
- 3 teaspoons Baking Powder
- 1 teaspoon Bicarb Soda
- 1/2 teaspoon Mixed Spice
- 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon Nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon ground Ginger
- dash of Salt
- 2 Tablespoon Milk (of choice)
- 1/2 Cup Sultanas or Raisons
- Preheat the oven to 175C/350F. Grease and line a 20cm (8 inch) x 10cm (4 inch) loaf tin.
- Place the eggs into the bowl of a kitchen stand mixer and beat on medium until fluffy (about 5 minutes)
- Add the molasses and continue to beat on medium. Add the vanilla extract.
- Blend and pulse the Bananas (alternatively do this with a masher or fork). I like to have mine mainly gooey with a few chunks left in.
- Add the blended bananas to the mixing bowl and beat on medium until well combined. Add milk.
- In a separate bowl sift the dry ingredients together.
- Fold the dry ingredients into the mixing bowl, being careful not to over mix.
- Add the Raisons/sultanas and stir through.
- Pour the mixture into the prepared tin.
- Bake for 55-60 minutes, or until cooked through.
- Allow to cool in the tin.