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    The best banana bread recipe

    “Nothing says home like the smell of baking!”

    Happiness is knowing there is a cake on the oven right? That’s definitely how I feel. Baking for me is pure therapy. When I bake it’s 100% me time, where I can switch my mind of completely and only focus on making a yummy cake I later can enjoy with my man. 

    Being in the kitchen whipping up yummy cakes can do much more for you than to create comfort food. It can also help your mental health! Baking have actually been found to have lots of therapeutic values which can help on depression and anxiety. 

    First of all – you are away from your phone. You are off from social media, and giving yourself the break you need since your whole attention is on the baking. Then you start cutting the food, you can smell the ingredients, the heat from the oven – all these things will switch on/stimulate your senses which then will increases feel-good endorphins.

    I have decided to read a bit about the benefits from baking, and it’s actually amazing how good it is from you. The fact that you are creating something. Using your hands and using your imagination and creativity will actually improve your wellbeing. Psychologists have found a strong connection between creative expression and overall wellbeing. I had no idea that by pushing ourself to be more creative would actually makes us more happy? Which is why I have given myself a goal to as least once a month to teach myself to bake a new cake I haven’t tried out before.

    AND my angels, I feel so happy if I can influence some of you to try out my yummy banana cake – because I know that if you decide to switch off you social media and be fully there in the kitchen, you will increase your feel-good endorphins and soon have a delicious cake to enjoy with yourself and your loved once. 

    All you need:

    3 eggs
    100 gram melted cooled down butter
    155 gram brown sugar
    125 gram flour
    1 tea spoon baking soda
    2 masture bananas 
    1 apple

    For your frosting:

    Cocoa powder
    Icing sugar

    Step by step guide:

    The first thing to do is to heat the oven to 175 degrees.

    Then melt your 100g butter and pour it in a glass and place in the fridge till you need it later. 

    Mash your bananas and cut the apple into quarters – and then grate three quarters of the apple.

    Whisk the 3 eggs with the sugar.

    Mix flour and baking powder together.

    Whilst gently whisking the egg mixture, slowly add a small amount of the melted butter before continuing to whisk. Then add, a small amount of the flour and baking soda mixture whilst continuing to whisk. Then repeat with the butter and flour by adding small amounts until all is whisked into the mixture.

    Then add the mashed bananas and grated apple.

    Prepare a loaf tin with baking paper. Add butter to your baking paper, to make sure your cake doesn’t stick and place in the middle of your oven and bake for about 45-50 minutes at 175 degrees. 

    When you remove your cake from the oven, let it rest for about 20-30 minutes before adding the frosting.

    When your cake have cooled down make a frosting from a mixture of cocoa powder, icing sugar and water. And cover the top of the cake – I like to make a lot so that it is allowed to run down the sides too – it looks so yummy in my opinion!

    It’s as simple as that my angels! I really hope you like is. This is my personal favourite – AND you can easily personalise it. Depending on my mood I would also add some dark chopped chocolate. Sometimes I also add a bit of cinnamon, chopped hazelnuts and some lemon zest. Yummy! It’s a recipe you can easily twist they way you want it, and if you don’t have any apple then just add an extra banana. You can also leave out the frosting – this is not a must etc. Let me know what you think, if you decide to give it a go.

    Lots of love your
    Isabella xxx

    4th March 2020