Hannah’s favourite bakes

"There is something genuinely therapeutic about baking.  The delicious smell coming from my oven –
an instant pick me up"


Chocolate Chip Cookies

These cookies have a lovely soft middle, which melts in your mouth - great with a cup of tea!
Ingredients
200g softened butter
300g soft brown sugar
2tsp vanilla extract
2 eggs
300g self raising flour
80g cocoa powder
1tsp baking powder
300g chocolate chips

Method

1. Preheat oven to 180c/ Gas Mark 4.

2. In a bowl cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, then beat in the eggs and vanilla extract.

3. Sift flour, cocoa and baking powder into the bowl.

4. Mix well, fold in chocolate chips.

5. Line a baking tray with grease proof paper/baking parchment.

6. Spoon a tablespoon of the mixture on to the baking tray- let it drop off the spoon. Repeat until you have used up all the mixture.

7. Bake in a preheated oven for 12 minutes, allow the cookies to cool completely on the baking tray- they will be very soft! When completely cool remove from the baking tray and enjoy!


Cupcakes

These easy cupcakes can be decorated with pretty pastel colour icing, sweets, chocolates or sprinkles!
You will need 2x12 bun tins and paper cases.
Ingredients    
For the icing and decoration
150g softened butter    
225g sifted icing sugar
150g caster sugar    
2-3 tbsp hot water
150g self raising flour    
food colouring (optional)
3 eggs    
sweets/chocolates/sprinkles
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Method

1. Preheat the oven to 180c/Gas Mark 4.

2. Place the ingredients into a bowl and beat together until pale and creamy.

3. Line your bun tin with the paper cases.

4. Divide the mixture between the paper cases. Bake for 15 minutes until golden and just firm. Remove from the tin and allow to cool completely.

5. Place the icing sugar in a bowl, stir in the water until you have a smooth thick icing which coats the back of a spoon. Add food colouring if you wish.

6. Spoon the icing onto the cakes and top with decorations. Allow for the icing to set.


Banana loaf

This is a favourite of mine and it’s delicious when cut while still warm and spread with butter. Yum!
You will need a 2lb loaf tin.
Ingredients
100g softened butter
175g caster sugar
2 eggs
2 ripe bananas, mashed
225g self raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
1tbsp milk

Method

1. Preheat the oven to 180c/Gas Mark 4.

2. Measure all the ingredients into a mixing bowl and beat until well blended.

3. Lightly grease the loaf tin and line with greaseproof paper/baking parchment.

4. Spoon the mixture into the loaf tin and level the surface. Bake for 1 hour until well risen and golden brown. A fine skewer should come out clean when inserted into the centre of the loaf.

5. Leave the loaf to cool in the tin, then loosen with a knife and turn the cake out. Remove the lining paper and leave to cool completely.