The easiest banana bread recipe ever

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Who am I kidding? This can hardly be described as bread. Especially when I go and plaster the top with cream cheese frosting. It can however be described as delicious… and moreish. You have been warned.

This is the quickest, easiest banana bread I've ever come across and went down a storm chez Bean.

It's based on an Ainsley Harriott recipe, which uses only five ingredients, making it ridiculously simple to get from mixing bowl to belly.

I adapted it slightly by adding a teaspoon of vanilla extract, just cos I love the flavour. You could happily make it without. Oh, and the frosting. Mmmm. I wouldn't recommend leaving that bit out ;)

  • 4 over-ripe bananas (the browner the better)
  • 225g self raising flour
  • 200g light brown soft sugar
  • 100g unsalted butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)

  1. Preheat your oven to 150 degrees c. 
  2. Peel and break bananas into pieces. Put them in a food processor with the flour, sugar, butter, eggs and vanilla (if you're using it). Blitz until evenly combined.
  3. Spoon the mixture into a greased and lined loaf tin and bake for 1 hr 15 mins until risen and a skewer comes out clean. 
  4. Leave to rest for 15 minutes.
If you're a bit naughty like me, here's a super easy cream cheese frosting. Just think of it as the butter on your banana bread ;)

  • 35g unsalted butter 
  • 100g full fat cream cheese
  • 200g icing sugar, sifted
  1. Beat the cream cheese and butter together until combined - use the cream cheese straight from the fridge and the butter at room temperature. Don't overbeat as the cream cheese can become quite runny. Less is more here!
  2. Sift in half the icing sugar and beat. Then add the last of the sugar and beat again.
  3. Spread liberally :)
*Disclaimer -  Two beans and a bump is hereby not responsible for the extra calories consumed after making this banana 'bread' and any resulting addiction to cream cheese frosting ;) 

Baby stylin' :)

Monday, 10 February 2014

Since starting Two beans and a bump my eyes have been opened to a whole world of bright, bold and super cool kids clothes. I've never been overly impressed with high street clothes, always preferring to pay a little more for quality, more unusual items that will stand up to the rough and tumble of a boisterous little boy and the creative antics of a Pritt Stick wielding princess.

I love dressing my children in beautiful, bright clothes that match their little sparkling personalities. And its even nicer to know they won't necessarily be wearing the same as all their friends. 

As far as high street brands go, you can find some real gems for little people in Zara and H&M; while, for durability and gorgeous prints, I'm a sucker for Joules and Boden.

More recently though, I've been dipping my toe in the world of smaller, 'boutique' kids labels that are so cool I can't help but wish they made clothes in my size.

Step up Beau LOves, Indikidual, Maxomorra, Little Titans, NOSH Organics, Smafolk…. I could go on, but my wallet is weeping at the very thought!

Uber-cool, bright, bold and built to withstand all a little person can throw at them. Except permanent marker… maybe not that.

Plus, many of these labels use organic cotton. Bonus!

Here are a few of the beauties I picked up recently.

I spotted these at twenty paces in my local Zara. Paw print, grey leggings? I mean, come on. Could they be any more perfect!? I love anything remotely 'tribal' in design; the triangles on the sweatshirt and the t-shirt design fit that perfectly. Plus they'll go perfectly with these gorgeous baby moccasins from Freshly Picked. Definitely next on my wish list for the bambeanie.

Show me anything yellow and I'm sold. Put bananas on it and, well, its pointless trying to fight it. This amazing fleece-lined jacket is by Indikidual and I purchased it from Archie's Boutique in the sale. It combines yellow and grey - my favourite colour duo and is even more adorable in the flesh. I bought it a size up so he'll get as much wear out of it as possible. It's love.

I could literally spend hundreds of pounds on Beau LOves. The new collection is amazing. Mint green, grey… cats. Its just awesome. This romper is top of my shopping list, alongside the mint cat print leggings and grey sweatshirt. But for now, I'm more than happy with these yellow, rabbit print trousers - another sale purchase, this time from the amazing Lil' Beans. I also picked up a pair of Slugs and Snails tights - our first pair. I'm a big fan of Little Titans for Ayden. I think tights for boys are a genius idea and so cute. The Slugs are just as cute, they look and feel great and I can't wait to get them on him.

It may be unwise to ask this, willpower is not my strong point, but what are your favourite brands for kids clothes…? ;)

Peas in a pod

Monday, 3 February 2014

I take a lot of photos. There are literally thousands on my laptop. I think over 5000 at last count (I know, I really should transfer them to an external drive…. any recommendations on this gratefully received!)

Every so often I take a photo that I instantly fall in love with and know is one I'll look back on for years to come. 

Yesterday morning I took this photo of my beautiful baby boy.

Immediately I noticed how similar he looks to his big brother at roughly the same age. This photo of Dylan was taken just after a Waterbabies swimming lesson, as he napped on his daddy's shoulder.

Anyone else think it's totally unfair for boys to have beautiful eyelashes like that…? ;)