My littlest Monkey is a real fussy eater. He wouldn't even touch a potato until a few months ago. Then he was tricked into trying my delicious, crispy roast potatoes after being told they were actually chips. Naturally, he loved them. And that's all he requested for his special birthday lunch on the weekend. And that and bread and birthday cake is pretty much all he ate.
After the first few days of Easter egg gluttony, I take all chocolate and conceal it at the back of the fridge in the hope that the monkeys will forget about it. And surprisingly, they do. In fact this year, the day before the Easter Bunny was to pay a visit, I discovered last year's stash at the back of the fridge (not that I never clean there mind you - I wouldn't want you to think I was lazy or anything).
I never quite feel right about Easter. I love the hunting and their excited little faces, but I hate all that chocolate gluttony. And Monkey Man insists that the Easter Bunny leaves lots and lots of little Easter eggs all over our front garden. The Monkeys collect them in a communal basket and then they gobble them all day long 'til they feel a bit sick and/or start climbing up the walls. A couple of years ago the Easter Bunny must have had one too many asprins when out shopping because he not only left a bucket-load of little eggs but he also left a couple of whopping big rabbits. And now the Monkeys also expect something big every year.
But yesterday a half-eaten rabbit was shining at me from the fridge and I knew there was still a bag full of little eggs hidden up the back. I decided to use up that chocolate and the browning bananas in one hit. Naturally I wanted to blog about it ... only trouble is this blog is supposed to have recipes that are made with stuff I've grown. And chocolate easter eggs don't grow on trees. But after some consideration and searching for recipes I managed to sneak around that loophole. Banana Bread with Leftover Easter Eggs is made with lemon juice! And I have loads of lemons growing all year round on our two lemon trees.
Banana Bread with Stolen Leftover Easter Eggs (and a bit of lemon juice)
• 3 ripe bananas
• juice of 1 lemon
• 2 cups SR flour
• 1 tsp baking powder
• 150g butter, softened
• 75g brown sugar
• 2 eggs
• leftover smashed up Easter eggs - as many as you have (see how many I used in the picture)
Preheat the oven to 180ºC. Mash bananas with the lemon juice. In a mixing bowl beat butter and sugar together until light and creamy. Add eggs beating well after each one. In a separate bowl sift together the flour and baking powder and then fold this into the egg mixture. Fold in the mashed bananas and the smashed chocolate. Pour into a greased baking loaf tin and cook for 1 hour.