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Home Living : December 14th 2010
HLN - HOME LIVING: NORTH, Tuesday, December 14, 2010 5 HOMELIVING You'll learn how to cook from scratch » ADVERTISING FEATURE After a year of kitchen catastrophes, cookbooks are generally at the top of many fumbling foodies' wishlists for Christmas. But for those who can barely make a tasty toasted sandwich, ploughing through recipes for tempered chocolate, puffy souffles and layered terrines isn't exactly helpful. Luckily there are some cookbook authors out there who cater not just for masterchefs in the making, but those who want to learn how to cook. Jane Hornby's What to Cook and How to Cook It has 100 foolproof recipes that are accompanied by 850-plus photographs to show readers, step-by- step, how to assemble a particular dish. Whether it's the laid-out ingredients of a chilli con carne, a blow-by-blow guide on how to bake cinnamon rolls or pictoral pointers on how to put together a classic apple pie, Hornby is teaching readers the essentials of cookery in a easy-to-follow manner. Even the biggest kitchen klutz will be able to put together Hornby's recipes for key lime pie, prawn pad thai and garlic bread, and many more. Hornby spent six years with BBC Good Food as a food writer, stylist and editor, and understands the importance of uncomplicated and approachable recipes and pictures. She is an author who knows that everyone looks at highly-stylised pictures of food thinks ''mmm'', but rarely ''I can cook that!'' What to Cook and How to Cook It is the perfect gift for fledgling foodies. Butterscotch banana bread Preparation time: 20 mins plus cooling time Cooking time: 1 hour 10 mins Makes 8 slices Ingredients: 3 medium, very ripe bananas, total peeled weight about 300g 175g softened unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing 175g light muscovado sugar 1/2 tsp flaky sea salt 3 medium eggs 1 tsp vanilla extract 100g plain flour 120g plain wholemeal flour 2 tsp baking powder 50g chopped walnuts, plus extra to decorate if you like 100g cream cheese Method: 1. Rub a little butter over inside of a 900g loaf tin, then line with a strip of baking parchment, leaving some overhang at either end. Preheat oven to 160˚C 2. Peel bananas and place in a bowl. Use a fork to mash fruit to a lumpy pulp 3. Put bananas, 120g of the butter, 120g of the sugar, the salt, eggs, vanilla, flours and baking powder into a large bowl, then use hand-held electric beaters or stand mixer to beat ingredients until smooth. (NB: Wholemeal flour will add a little extra nuttiness and texture to your loaf. If you'd rather use all white flour, that's fine) 4. Stir in walnuts, then turn mixture into the prepared tin 5. Bake loaf for 1 hour 10 min, or until risen, golden and springy to the touch. Test if cake is done by inserting a skewer into the middle of thickest part. If it comes out clean, cake is ready. If there are traces of batter on skewer, bake for 10 mins more, then check again. When cooked, cool in tin for 10 mins, then transfer loaf to a cooling rack and leave to cool completely 6. While it cools, make the icing. Put remaining butter and sugar into a pan with 1 tbsp water. Put over very gentle heat, then wait until sugar has dissolved. Let mixture simmer for 3 mins, until it looks like silky caramel. Remove from heat and leave to cool 7. Put cream cheese into a bowl, then add the caramel. Beat or whisk together to make a smooth, coffee-coloured icing 8. Spread icing over cake, then scatter with a few more nuts to decorate if you like. From What to Cook and How to Cook It by Jane Hornby, Phaidon Press, October 2010 Decks Pergolas Stainless steel wire handrail Lattice Privacy Screens DIY pergola and deck kits Lic No: 170944C FREE LOCAL DELIVERY SHOWROOM OPEN 6 DAYS OUTDOOR PINE FREE DESIGN & QUOTE 5 CHILVERS ROAD THORNLEIGH www.thomsonsoutdoorpine.com.au 2136330i hln wk39 PHONE: 9980 7611 THOMSON'S glassrooms conservatories garden rooms ground & 1st floor extensions BUILDER OF QUALITY EXTENSIONS MULTI-HIA AWARD WINNERS LICENCE NO: 66902C 1300 721 150 Designed and built for your lifestyle. Call for an obligation free in-home consultation. Showroom: 152 Russell Street, Emu Plains email@example.com www.classichomeimprovements.com.au Create an improvement that will allow your home to breath fresh living space 2150467K HLF wk45 SPLIT & DUCTED AIR CONDITIONING Authorised Dealer Licence No 215990C SPRING SPECIALS SAVEUPTO$600 ON DAIKIN DUCTED SYSTEMS SAVEUPTO$300 ON DAIKIN SPLIT SYSTEMS PHONE NOW for a FREE In-Home Quote 9737 0293 2172567i hln wk12
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