Chocolate chunk cookies

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I made these during the Easter holidays and completely forgot about posting this – oops! It was lovely to be able to enjoy 2 weeks of no work rather than trying to cram everything into a week when it’s half term. I whipped these up during an afternoon when the weather was very changeable with sunshine one minute and heavy showers the next. I fancied a spot of cookie baking and after a quick flick through some cookery books and my Pinterest boards I found this recipe in my Great British Bake Off ‘How To Bake’ book.
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Carrot and walnut bundt cake

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Oh cream cheese icing – why are you my nemesis? Why, every time I try to make you, do you turn into a runny mess instead of the thick icing you’re meant to be? I have tried on several occasions now to make cream cheese icing with not a lot of success. The only time I’ve really been successful was when I made Jo Wheatley’s carrot cake traybake. Every other time, I’ve ended up with runny icing that’s dripped off the cake or cupcakes I’ve made, to create a sea of icing. Sadly, this was another one of those situations. Luckily it wasn’t all bad and what it didn’t have in looks it made up for in its taste.
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Banana, walnut & chocolate chip loaf

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Well 2013 is nearly at an end. I would like to wish all my readers a very happy new year. 2013 was the year I started writing this blog and I have really enjoyed recording all my baking adventures. I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas. I was very lucky to receive a personalised ‘Little Birdie Baking Blog’ apron from my brother and sister-in-law (thanks Ian and Steph!) as one of my presents. It has already been used to make today’s post!
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Wholewheat Banana Nut Loaf

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It has been a busy few weeks in the Little Birdie household. We moved three weeks ago and have been without the Internet until today. Upon moving in, we found the oven in our new house was possibly the worst oven in existence! A horrible, electric thing which took forever to cook anything and if it was cooked the bottom was burnt. Luckily Mr Birdie managed to find us a shiny new one for £50 (thanks to the wonders of Ebay!) My Dad visited us last weekend to help us tackle the garden (thanks Dad!) so I whipped up a banoffee pie last weekend but this cake is the first proper cake I have made in our new home. Hopefully many more baking adventures will follow.

I used to make this cake a lot a few years ago as it is super easy to make and a great way to use up ripe bananas. It doesn’t look that amazing from the outside but it’s what inside that counts. It is always well received (as proved today by the speed at which is disappeared in the staffroom at school) and it has never failed to produce a moist, banana-ery loaf that surely must be good for you as it contains fruit, nuts and wholemeal flour! The recipe is from Best Ever Baking by Carole Clements.
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