… I reluctantly realise that I need a new camera. Whilst I adore my Canon DS6041 – and it does take the most wonderful pictures that I love and feel really have my signature, it is so old that it is no longer compatible with my new MacBook Air and i’ve taken to using it to shoot the pictures but then using The Vikings newer model to load the pictures onto the computer with, having to swap out the digital memory card. It’s now becoming something off a faff and even this is beginning to fail me… ‘why not just use The Viking’s camera?’ I hear you ask. I don’t know. It’s odd. I just don’t like it. It doesn’t take my pictures for me very well. It’s so new and cool and modern that it seems to do everything for you and I don’t like that. I feel disconnected from the process and that frustrates me… so i’m on the search for something new. If anyone has any suggestions then do let me know. Ian used to the canon operating system so i’m thinking i’d like to stick with this make but am willing to be swayed by suggestion… in the meantime I have bananas to peel…
bananas in the hole
you know when you see something on the internet and it inspires you and then you forget about it and it’s not until some point later when you think ‘i know, i’ll make that dish…’ Well, i’m convinced I saw the idea for bananas in the hole somewhere on the line but for the life of me I can’t find it anywhere. Google, you have let me down… So if this is your idea then I fully bow to your genius but if no-one else claims it you can all back off because it’s a bloody brilliant idea and it’s mine! of the course the sweet Yorkshire Pudding is nothing new, in fact it’s the very reason it’s called a pudding… if you’ve never experiences the wonders of Yorkshire Pudding slathered in raspberry jam then you haven’t lived but what I love about this is that it’s such an obvious thing to do. The banana already looks like a sausage so it works in the same way and a banana loves to be baked.. It’s such fun and so easy to make, I urge you to give it a go and maybe serve it with some chocolate custard…
for the pudding batter
75g plain flour
1 large free-range egg
2 or 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil such as sunflower oil
a little caster sugar
for the chocolate custard
1/2 pint milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean paste (or vanilla pod)
2 egg yolks
1 tablespoon caster sugar
1/2 tablespoon cornflour
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
of course you will also need 3 or 4 ripe bananas and a 28cm x 18cm oven-proof roasting dish or enamel dish
pre-heat the oven to 200C, then pour the vegetable oil into the roasting dish and pop it into the oven on the top shelf for 10 mins
whilst this is in the oven, make the batter by cracking the egg into the flour and whilst you whisk it together, gently pour in the milk and water, continue to whisk until you have a smooth single-cream like consistency, then set aside
quickly open the oven and drop the butter into the oil then close the oven door and let the oil and butter heat up for another 5 mins
carefully and deftly remove the dish from the oven and lay in your bananas, sprinkle with a little sugar and pop it back into the oven for another 5 minutes
after this time, open the oven door, slide out the rack and pour in the batter all around your bananas
turn the heat down to 180C and let it bake in the oven for at least 15 minutes, if not 20 although you may have to turn the heat down again after this time to avoid it turning too dark…
because this dish is as simple as bananas, eggs and milk i’m linking it to the brilliant credit crunch munch… the bloggers link-up hosted by Camilla from Fab Food 4 All and Helen from Fuss Free Flavours which encourages us to eat frugally and celebrate it.
Magnolia Verandah says
This right up my alley. What a great dish – I would never have thought of it but it is so like toad in the hole (that I have converted my Aussi family to ) how have I not come up with this myself. I even love the the idea of chocolate custard in place of thick gravy. Your right the only words for it is Bloody Brilliant.
Karen S Booth says
FAB recipe Dom, so perfect for this cold weather we are having! I LOVE my Nikon DSLR 5200, but I also LOVE my bridge camera, a Panasonic Lumix that has wi-fi for speedy image transfers to my ipad, iphone and macbook air!
Alicia Foodycat says
I love SO MUCH that you didn't call it banana flognarde or banana clafoutis. IN THE HOLE, DAMMIT!
omg, this is insane! The kids will love it & I think it might have be my on my emergency storecupboard pudding list!
belleau kitchen says
thanks!… I hadn't thought of the choc custard as a gravy replacement but you're so right!
belleau kitchen says
Thanks K… I will do some research!
belleau kitchen says
Thanks Alicia!… I don't mess around when it comes to names! I call a toad a toad!
belleau kitchen says
fab isn't it? And yes, ideal for kids, even simply served with golden syrup!
Galina Varese says
This is a novelty idea for me, haven't seen it anywhere else online. Perfect comfort food for colder days.
Rebecca Subbiah says
this is so much fun love it
Camilla Hawkins says
Oh Dom, you know the way to a girls heart, well this girl (cough) in particular! I love bananas, yorkshire pud and chocolate so this idea is pure genius – maybe you dreamt it! Thanks for a fabulous and thrifty #CreditCrunchMunch entry:-)
Sally Sellwood says
This sounds about perfect for me – chocolate custard too – heaven. I wonder if you sprinkled some chopped chocolate into the batter, whether that would work…
Kate Glutenfreealchemist says
How fun is that?! what a funky idea….. I think I would want to put raspberries in it too…. Do you think they would work?
Being southern we don't really do the whole yorkshire pudding as a desert thing, however something is drawing me in to try this!
Choclette Blogger says
Brilliant idea Dom, but a bit too bananary for me. Love the idea of a banana flavoured batter though. I've just bought my first DSLR and am at sixes and sevens with it – I don't know how to use it!!! Good luck with finding a replacement for yours.
Helen - family-friends-food says
This is absolute GENIUS! Unfortunately I'm the only one in the house who likes cooked bananas, so I'll have to wait till I really really need a comfort food fix. With chocolate custard too. Oh my.
Adam Garratt says
I'm in the same predicament Dom. I've had my canon eos 1000d for all the time i've been blogging and it's produced some amazing results, and some not so amazing results! But i'm getting errors between the lense and camera body so I feel an upgrade is due. I will re iterate what Karen says the nikon 5200 is a great camera for the price, if you want to go a bit cheaper then the nikon d3100 is a good option. And both have full hd video recording! something I wish my camera had as I'd love to start doing videos on the blog. The canon 5d mark 2 is hailed as a fantastic camera for food bloggers, but yeah….it's nearly 2k!
Love the recipe idea too, my kids woud go bonkers for this.
Helen @ Fuss Free Flavours says
Wow! this is such a good idea Dom, and is something that I am going to have to make.
As far as cameras go pay a visit to the London Camera Exchange and have a chat. I'd recommend going second hand – you will get far more for your money.