I wanted to bake something new yesterday to mark the "end of term" as Cameron's school begins the new year on Monday so that when they return in September they can settle straight in.
I'm so proud of my boy - his grades are progressing beautifully, he's in lots of high sets for his lessons next year and is thriving in the environment at this particular school both academically and socially while still being true to himself.
This year he was also made deputy head boy - which is quite a feat for a thirteen year old. It has opened doors for lots of responsibility and life skills that will be useful in the workplace (for instance, he has been part of the interview panel for hiring new staff) and we have had some lovely letters in the post from school staff thanking and praising his efforts. We couldn't be happier with how things are going.
Anyway, back to the baking...
I happened to have some bananas that needed using up and I found this recipe for banana chocolate chip baked doughnuts. I love the story behind the recipe whereby the blogger wanted to create sweet treats for her nephews with food intolerances so that she could continue to treat them without making them poorly.
I don't have a special doughnut pan so I made mine as muffins and used plain gluten free flour as I only had wholegrain spelt (and people in the comments weren't reporting good results with that). I also skipped the sugar/cinnamon sprinkles.
I have to say that these muffins are the best gluten free baking I have ever done. They're light and fluffy, sweet but don't contain a lot of sugar (technically the sugar could be replaced completely if you wanted) and importantly - they rose in the oven, which can be quite difficult to achieve with gluten free baking, I have found.
Banana chocolate chip baked muffins were a big hit and I will definitely be making them again and trying some of the recipe tweaks suggested in the comments.
After a very warm and sticky day yesterday I was heading out to the garden to start my evening watering when the heavens opened and we had some real rain! The rain continued all night and I'm very pleased because the garden needed a good soaking and the air is much clearer and cooler this morning.
The garden really starts to take off with warm and wet weather. I hope it helps my veggie patch catch up a bit.
We're hoping the sunshine will reappear later on as school is closed for teacher training today and serendipitously it has fallen on home ed group day so we're looking forward to skipping on over to catch up with friends we haven't seen for a while.
Have you stumbled on any great gluten free baking recipes? I'd love some tried and tested recommendations.