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Monday morning is my most productive morning of the week. I start the day with a half hour spin before heading to the gym to do some toning exercises. Having finished at the gym Ellie and I do our food shop for the week and are still home by 9am most weeks. This week in the middle of Sainsburys we decided we fancied cake for the week. This lemon and poppy-seed loaf follows this GoodFood recipe but we added a lemon syrup before the icing to ensure a strong lemon flavour.

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SIMPLE LEMON SYRUP:
90ml lemon juice
100g caster sugar

Heat the lemon juice and caster sugar in a saucepan over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved. While your loaf is still warm make lots of holes in the top using a cocktail stick or skewer, then pour over your lemon syrup. You can either ice your cake straight away if you want more of a drizzle effect but we let ours cool first to have a nice thick layer on top.

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IMG_0437This weekend has been one for exercising my domestic abilities, cleaning the house, cooking a delicious Sunday dinner and baking this tasty loaf. The recipe is from Hummingbird’s Cake Days book, I wasn’t sure about putting sour cream into a cake but having tasted the final product I can say I was wrong to ever doubt Hummingbird. So after a busy weekend of domestication it was nice to sit down with a cup of tea and a slice of loaf and do nothing for just a minute before finding something else to do. I have included a link to buy the recipe book, but if you fancy a much more purse friendly option, you can also find the recipe here. As it says don’t worry if your blueberries sink, as you can see from the photos mine all began to sink to the bottom. But since I have looked into a tricks that can reduce the amount the berries sink; ensuring they are fully defrosted (if using frozen), then tossing them in flour. This helps reduce the amount of liquid they release into the mix, which is what causes them to sink. I haven’t tried this trick out yet, but I’m sure I’ll get a chance soon, as I can see this loaf quickly becoming a favourite.

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I buy bananas most weeks in attempt to be healthy and have more fruit. I am very bad at remembering to eat my fruit though which has led to me throwing away several mouldy pieces of fruit in the past weeks. Luckily over-ripe bananas are perfect for making a banana loaf. A quick internet search led to this recipe, which calls for two bananas, just the number I’d forgotten about! It is also a Mary Berry recipe, so you know it is going to be good, since she is the queen of baking. Making the loaf was really easy, just throw all the ingredients into a bowl and mix, then bake for one hour. All that was left to do was stick the kettle on, ready to enjoy a cup of tea with a slice of warm banana bread. The loaf didn’t last long, (far less time than my bananas did!) and I am already thinking of what to with the next batch of over-ripe bananas I am left with. Hummingbird have a recipe for banoffee cupcakes that uses two bananas, I think I might have to give that one a go.

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