I was expecting guests today one of which is vegan. I always bake bread for guests for their breakfast and try to make home-made cake or biscuits for when they arrive but although I’ve made countless vegetarian dishes, vegan cake was a completely new experience for me.
I researched a few recipes and decided to base my recipe on this one that I found on the internet.
Vegan Banana Cake Recipe:
Makes 8-10 small buns or 6-8 large muffins
- 150g Self Raising (SR) Flour
- 1 teaspoon (5g) of baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon (1.25g) of salt*
- 1/2 teaspoon (2.5g) cinnamon
- 100g demerara sugar
- 2 tablespoons of light olive oil
- 2 ripe bananas
- 2 tablespoons of water
- 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 ml) of vanilla essence**
- Pre-heat the oven to 170C (350F) and place paper cases into bun/muffin tins.
- In one bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt together.
- In a second bowl, mash the banana using a knife then mix in the sugar and oil. Add the water and vanilla essence and mix well.
- Fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients (mine resembled a stiff rather than runny mixture).
- Divide the mixture into paper cases.
- Place the bun/muffin tins into the pre-heated oven and bake for approx 20-25 mins (small buns) or 35-40 mins (muffins).
- Remove from oven when cooked and allow to cool on a wire rack.
* I’m using Himalayan pink salt now and loving it!
** I make my own vanilla essence so used more but added less water.
They went awfully quickly!
I’ll add photos next time I make some … which won’t be very long!!
Let me know how you get on if you try out the recipe.
Cordelia (C) 2017
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I’ve been a committee member of the Ayrshire Bed & Breakfast Association for some time now and I was delighted to hear that our AGM this year was to be at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum in Alloway, Ayr.
Our Chair Person has stepped down from the role and I was thrilled and delighted to be nominated and accepted as the new Chair Person for the group.
We are a group of 50 B&Bs located across Ayrshire and Arran that work collaboratively to promote the area. If you’re visiting, why not take a look at our website here and if you own a B&B in the area and would like to join please contact me for details. We enjoy our meetings at a variety of attractions throughout the region and we have always been highly appreciative of the hospitality shown to us. We recently had a wonderful afternoon tea at Glenapp Castle and are looking forward to what 2017 can bring!
Guest speakers at our AGM included Craig Stewart owner of Freetobook, the online booking system that I, and many in the B&B industry use. His input regarding finance was generally agreed to be invaluable.
AB&BA also produce a Restaurant brochure that lists a variety of places to dine throughout the region. Addition to the brochure is limited and all eateries are personally recommended by AB&BA members and their guests.
Why not make your next holiday destination the South West of Scotland?
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For those of you who don’t know … I’m slightly addicted to crafting!
It started out harmless enough by making gifts for family and friends and then it began to expand into a whole range of gifts.
The full range is on the Silver Daisy page of this blog.
You’ll also find lots of images on Instagram.
I’ve arranged an ‘at home’ on Saturday 17th December 2016, 12-4pm for friends and locals to visit, have a browse and a cuppa and hopefully buy a few stocking fillers.
I’m thinking of opening an Etsy shop too although I really don’t know a lot about Etsy, Folksy, etc.
I hope that you’ve enjoyed looking!
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I just though that I’d share hubby’s photo of tonight’s supermoon. We are so lucky to be in an area with dark skies where it can be seen so clearly.
Edit …. really pleased to see that the photo received an Editor’s Pick and made it to the Gallery on the BBC Weatherwatchers website.
Cordelia 2016 (c)
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I’m on the committee of the Ayrshire Bed and Breakfast Association and arranged for our members to meet at Glenapp Castle near Ballantrae for our meeting.
The staff were brilliant and the chef very kindly made us a variety of biscuits and the best lemon and poppyseed cake I’ve ever tasted.
The view from the dining room isn’t too shabby either!
The outdoor Victorian tea room was closed for the winter but we enjoyed our walk around the grounds.
We’ve had several guests staying with us this year who have been to Glenapp Castle for afternoon tea or evening meals and I’m happy to phone ahead and book you in if you would like me to.
Thank you Glenapp for hosting our meeting from us all…
Cordelia 2016 (c)
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“Breakfast was stunning” Eva-Marie, Sweden, July 2016
I’ve had quite a few compliments on breakfast recently but this glowing report from Eva was really humbling. Not only was her English impeccable but she even posted photos of her breakfast on Instagram.
For those of you who have not yet poked around on the other pages of this blog, you may not have seen the wonderful variety of breakfast options offered here at Balkissock Lodge.
When I opened the B&B, I envisioned endless “Full Scottish” orders but have increasingly found that guests welcome something different from the traditional so along with local sausage, bacon and eggs you will find a variety of items such as:
- Scottish smoked salmon and scrambled free-range eggs on toasted homemade bread
- Creamy garlic mushrooms and oven baked vine tomatoes on toasted homemade bread
- Asparagus (when in season) and poached free-range eggs on toasted homemade bread
- Blueberry pancakes served with Greek style yoghurt, honey and fresh fruit
- Banana pancakes served with Maple syrup and fresh fruit
- Continental style platter with croissants, ham, cheese and homemade bread
Don’t forget to finish off your breakfast with toasted home baked bread, filter coffee or a choice of several teas and home made preserves.
I’ll have to add a photo of the wide choice of tea tomorrow!!
I also keep a range of gluten free products in stock. Just let me know of any intolerances and allergies when you book and I’ll do my best to cater for your needs so that you have a choice of meals for breakfast.
Last weekend I had a couple staying who were both vegetarian and one was also gluten free. He had a choice of four different cooked breakfasts and chose grilled asparagus with poached egg on toasted gluten free bread.
I’ve recently updated the menu and produced a new menu for tea and coffee … what do you think of the design?
So … what’s your favourite breakfast?
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Cordelia @ Balkissock Lodge B&B
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We’ve been enjoying some fabulous weather recently so my afghan is beginning to look very warm and summery….
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