Often (okay, sometimes) I use the freedom of my Sunday to bake... bake cookies that is. Because I love cookies. And cookies love me. But I have been flat out these past few weeks and have not had a chance to try Momo's recipes that have been in the kitchen this last month. But today was the day and I can't wait to show and tell...
Starting with this one, Momo's choc and banana slice. Now I think I have explained before, habit of my occupation I cannot help but detour off the beginning recipe - Momo did call this a pudding but as you can see mine turned out more like a slice. And WHAT A SLICE it is! I asked French Boy who is un palais (translation 'to be a palate', or to have a fine sense of taste) to taste test the result with me. Deliceux was the answer. Et je suis d'accord. As I've now discovered with Momo's recipes, she allows the sweetness to speak through the fruit she uses and in this one, the banana and raisins add the sweetness necessary to bite through the cocoa. This is a perfect naughty afternoon treat that actually is not naughty at all, just take a look at the recipe .
Yes they are so very different to hers! I didn't actually follow the exact instructions and just went with the flow, creating a log with the fruity filling.
When I scrolled through the quantities in Momo's recipes I thought they seemed tiny - I'm so used to seeing recipes with cups of flour and cups of sugar, and I was intrigued. When I made the dough for this it seemed so little but it is just absolutely perfect. Note there is no baking powder and hardly any sugar. Again, the fruit reveals all. I would suggest baking two 'logs' as these little pillow cookies will be eaten up quickly.
I love that at the end of Momo's recipes she wrote this:
This is a gentle vegan baking. Gentle to animals. Gentle to the earth and gentle to us too.
And gentle is exactly how I would describe the process of cooking and enjoying these recipes. It was such a pleasure to cook these recipes too. I am not a vegan or vegetarian but absolutely adore the real and simple flavours within Momo's ingredient choices. Thank you so very very much for being my very first guest in the (blog)house kitchen, it was such a beautiful birthday gift.
In light of celebrating love, a new menu will be in the kitchen this week. So please make a copy of Momo's recipes if you haven't already. If you would like to submit a menu of your own for the (blog)house kitchen, please send me the recipes and some photos if possible, and also a story about what this menu means to you. Or if you just have one recipe then send that and I will endeavor to make a menu collaged from the submissions. And for those who haven't yet tried my chocolate and cranberry cookies, the recipe is over at A World In A Pan.
Happy Sunday mes chers amis, see you tomorrow!