So it’s all over for another year. Hubby knew who had won when we watched it on Thursday evening and told me that apparently it was a very ’emotional’ episode. And there were a lot of tears from the bakers and even Mary Berry!
We felt it was a disappointing final. I think the right person won, but the challenges weren’t that challenging really. I’m sure that in previous series’ the bakers have had to make several items for their final showstopper rather than just normal cake made pretty. But hey, it’s still good TV.
Onto the chocolate tart that I wanted to make and, for a change, have actually made. We had friends coming over on Saturday night and one is lactose intolerant so I thought I’d look for a dairy free chocolate tart, and BBC Good Food did not let me down! Unfortunately I’m still getting used to the oven in our new house so the pastry was a bit overdone and the filling was probably a bit overdone too, but it tasted nice with some cream and none of the guests were Bake Off judges.
I’ve also had a go at making a sugar free banana bread using up some coconut milk, based very loosely on a Mary Berry banana bread that I normally make. When I say very loosely, I used it to find out how much flour and how many eggs would normally go into banana bread. It doesn’t have any honey or maple syrup, so is really sugar free. All the sweetness comes from the bananas, so make sure they’re over ripe.
It turned out ok. It’s not very sweet and I omitted butter for some reason. I chucked in some desiccated coconut as I had it leftover from making coconut macaroons for after dinner on Saturday. The nuts give a nice crunch. I think chopped up dark chocolate would make it pretty scrummy. Here’s the recipe in case you’re feeling brave:
Banana Bread with Coconut Milk
175g wholemeal plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
150ml coconut milk
2 bananas, mashed
50g chopped almonds
handful desiccated coconut (optional)
chopped dark chocolate (optional)
Preheat oven to 175C. Line a loaf tin.
Mix dry ingredients together. Add eggs and coconut milk. Mix well, then stir in the bananas. Add almonds, coconut and dark chocolate, if using.
Pour into loaf tin and bake for about 1 hour.