My kids asked me to make banana bread this week. I’m convinced they only offer to help so they can lick the bowl and wreck the kitchen with my permission. I decided to sneak some chocolate into the recipe to spare my sanity during the flour explosion clear-up afterwards. My kids keep asking for a second slice of this, so I guess it must be alright.
4 bananas (this might sound excessive but they make it extra-moist)
1/2 cup of sugar
1/4 cup milk
1/2 cup veg oil
1tsp vanilla extract
1 3/4 Cups flour
1tsp bicarbonate of soda/baking soda
Handful of milk chocolate chunks (or in my case, halved chocolate buttons)
Preheat oven to 160 c
Mash bananas with a potato masher.
Whisk in the oil, milk, vanilla, eggs and sugar. I find whisking by hand works best. Don’t be too thorough – leave some banana chunks if you like.
Mix in flour and baking soda. Add chocolate at the end and stir in so it is dispersed evenly. Put mixture in a greased loaf tin.
Bake for about 40 mins in the middle of the oven. Add a layer of foil halfway through cooking so the outside doesn’t become over-crisp.
This recipe is so simple to make and always goes down well with my kids. It sounds a bit strange, but when it is cooked the cornflakes don’t taste like cornflakes! They just make a crunchy coating.
8 Chicken legs
2 eggs, beaten
3 handfuls of cornflakes (I just value range ones and they work fine)
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp mixed herbs
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp dried chilli flakes
Pinch of salt
Pinch of pepper
I quite often cook the chicken in advance and then add the coating and heat it because I find it adheres better to the chicken legs, but you can just use raw legs.
Put beaten eggs in one large bowl. Crush cornflakes in your hands into another large bowl. Add all spices and seasoning to the cornflakes and mix well.
Turn one chicken leg at a time in the bowl of egg and then the cornflakes. Set on a baking tray. I sometimes grease it or use foil because the tray is not fun to clean after. Cook for 20-30 mins at 180c if the chicken was pre-cooked or 40-50 minutes if it was raw.
If you’d rather it wasn’t spicy, omit the chilli flakes.
This goes well with chips, wedges, garlic potatoes and vegetables. My kids always add their own thick coating of ketchup.