It’s understandable that poor old Fidget (and maybe even Salmon) might want to level the score with Trota from time to time, but let’s hope this is more a case of wishful thinking than actual planning, or it could be pet aisle basics for a month – for man and dog…
Coincidentally, Trota had been making banana bread that day (recipe from Leiths Baking Bible, page 400). If you want to make the same yourself this is what you need to do:
Get your ingredients: 55ml orange juice, 100g dried cranberries, 85g butter (melted and cooled), 140g caster sugar, 2 eggs (beaten), 170g ripe bananas (about 2 bananas), 250g flour, 4tsp baking powder, 50g chopped walnuts.
Line a 10x20cm loaf tin and pre-heat the oven to 180°/gas 4. In a small saucepan boil the orange juice and the cranberries for 2–3min until the juice evaporates. Set aside to cool.
Stir together the butter, sugar, eggs and bananas (roughly mashed). Sift the flour and the baking powder over the banana mixture and fold in, along with the cranberries, their juice and the walnuts.
Turn into the lined tin and bake for 45–60min (it is cooked when an inserted toothpick comes out clean). Let it cool before serving; even better – if you can – make it the day before.
(Unfortunately, the best china ended up in a thousand pieces and Salmon and Fidget will be on dog biscuits for the foreseeable.)