|The finished cookies - the pic doesn't do them justice|
So at the weekends, I've tried to make an effort to cook with her and properly for her as during the week, things are often rushed. I tried to instigate the tradition of pancakes when we first did baby-led weaning. This lasted until she learned she could just pick out the blueberries and leave the rest so I gave up after weeks of wasted effort. But today, we tried Delia's Canadian buttermilk pancakes - mostly because I had a half open tub of buttermilk in the fridge from the disaster that was the vanilla cake last week and I wanted to use it up.
|Pancakes for breakfast|
Later, we made granola (my own recipe and I don't need a better one thank you very much) and then it was on to the banana fudge cookies from Dan Lepard's Short and Sweet. Okay, I'm obsessed! Dan is my new favourite chef (for the moment) and my Thomasina Miers book has been stuffed unceremoniously back onto the shelf until Christmas is over.
Once the husband was up (we had to wait until after 11am) we blitzed the bananas, butter and vanilla in the Kenwood and then came time for Abigail to do the mixing. As you can see, she had fun. That is until she got out a baking tray and tried to turn on the oven. The trouble with twenty-month-olds is that if you tell them they're wrong or they need to do something else, they don't take it well. The mix has to chill in the fridge for a while. Whilst this was happening, I had to deal with a full on tantrum. Not pretty.
|Let it snow|
Thankfully she'd calmed down by the time we were read to 'Smush' and 'Siff'. Into the oven, she watched them like a hawk until the timer pinged and then I had another battle as she wanted to eat them before they'd cooled down. For once she actually ate all her tea (most unheard of) then a satsuma as well so by the time it got to cookie time, she fed it all to Mummy. It's a hard job being a mum, but someone has to do it!
A really good and simple recipe which produced beautifully soft, banana flavoured cookies and the crunch from the icing sugar dusted on before cooking is truly inspired. Love them and will definitely make them again.
Add to this the fact that they contain oats as well, and you have a biscuit that you could pretend is quite healthy (if it wasn't for the huge amount of butter and sugar to make them all lovely and soft!). Top notch recipe :o) Not going to post it though - grab a copy of the book off Amazon - it's still only £8.99 and worth every penny!