Saturday, 12 October 2013

Tenerife ~ Summer 2013

Sunrise from the airport just before we got onto our flight.

Amazing view from above the clouds.

First appearances of Tenerife.

As we arrived at our hotel.

The room I shared with my sister.

One of my favourite tank tops from primark.

 Blue skies. 

On Friday 23rd August, I and my family travelled out to Tenerife for a week. We were up at 2am on Friday to go to the airport. Due to past experiences we gave ourselves ample time before our flight to check in and get some breakfast. Of course me being me, I had pancakes. Finally, we set off on the way to Tenerife and after a 4-hour long flight full of hot chocolate and music we arrived. Once we collected our luggage we boarded our coach on our way to our RIU hotel. Our hotel was absolutely amazing and believe it or not the first hotel I had ever stayed in. The staff were so friendly , the hotel was huge and the facilities were fab! On the first day, we just relaxed by the pool trying to get a tan. However, I either look like a snowman or a tomato, never an in between so I found this task rather difficult. Later on in the evening, we went for a gorgeous meal before bed.

That's all for now, however, i will be writing more about the rest of my stay in Tenerife soon so be sure to come back soon!

Thank you for reading,

xxX Holly Xxx


Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Spiced Banana Bread

One of my favourite sweet treats to bake during the Autumn time is spiced banana bread. This is super easy to make as well as tasting delicious and is perfect for the season. Considering I class this as an Autumn essential I figured I would share how I make my banana bread.

First of all, I get all the ingredients.
(2 or 3 bananas, 1 egg, 100g caster sugar, 70g butter, 125g self-raising flour, 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda, mixed spice, ground ginger, cinnamon).

 Then I grease and line my baking tin. To do this I used oil and a brush to cover the inside of my tin, then I cut out some baking paper and pressed it into my tin. Butter will also work instead of oil.

Once I had prepared for my baking, I set the oven to 180 C. (fan oven)
Using my hands I then creamed together the sugar and the butter.

Once the butter and sugar are fully mixed, I then sieve in the flour, bicarbonate of soda and my spices. I then used an electric whisker to mix my ingredients, however, you can do this by hand using a wooden spoon. You decide how much spice you add. Personally, I like to add about 1 or 2 tsp mixed spice, 1 or 2 tsp of ginger and about 4 or 5 tsp of cinnamon. Then I beat the egg.

After this, I added in the beaten egg and the bananas. Then I mixed it using my electric mixer (a spoon is fine) until the mixture was smooth.
Then I poured the contents into my baking tin. Once all of the mixture was in my tin I placed it into the oven for approx an hour.

After an hour I took out my tin and let it cool.

Finally, I was left with my spiced banana bread.

I really love baking this for the Autumn and my family love to eat it. It's a great treat and very easy to bake.

Thank you for reading,

Xxx Holly xxX

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