Day 6 – Lockdown Daily-Wins Diary

Junior Bake-Off

So far in this pseudo lockdown, we’ve exhausted Christmas card making, colouring and stickering. I needed to pull something else out of the big bag of quarantine fun for today’s entertainment.

It was a simple equation. Potty training + poop = All Bran banana muffins baking. Bear with me…. I will elaborate.

Sleeves rolled up, hands washed and my sous chef was ready to rock, roll and lick the bowl – cake making bowl.

Why All Bran?

We’ve had a few months of potty training now and still not got it licked. Since starting preschool it seems the potty is for piddle and pants everything else. In addition, motions have not been as regular as I would like.

As a result, we’ve tackled diet. Mr Fussy who, as a bubs, used to munch on tenderstem broccoli as a treat, eschews anything with vitamin content and goodness these days.

With his reluctance to eat anything organic in origin, prune pouches are served in the morning and wherever possible I’ve snuck bran in to bakes to keep things moving.

The Next Nigella?

My bookmarked websites are filled with a myriad of ways to serve up bran flakes and All Bran in a more appetising fashion. Today we raided the Kellogg’s site for a muffiny delight.

As we pulled out all the ingredients from the pantry, I decided to shelve my control-freakery when it comes to cooking. I’d let him take charge. I’d not wince as whisks and flour flew. I’d laugh in the face of the lack of uniformity in my muffins.

What did I learn as I sat on my fingers and let him loose? He can follow simple instructions. He can chop a banana with a knife. He can stir and whisk without plastering the walls and anything in a mile radius. He can scoop mixture into cake casings without too much overspill. He can narrate the process with the pizzazz and passion of Jamie Oliver. Career plan sorted.

In to the 200 degree oven, the 12 dubious, uneven muffins went . In went the spoon to the mixing bowl to taste the mixture. Up went my hands in celebration at half an hour of gainfully engaged activity. #winning

How I won today: I relinquished control… and might’ve got to lick the bowl.

N.b. Can I recommend avoiding bran overkill. I learnt a new equation today. Prune pouch + blueberry mountain x bran muffin = a lot of washing & Zoflora

For those interested here’s the Kellogg’s recipe. You can find a tonne on their website.

Ingredients

  • 100g wholemeal flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 50g sugar
  • 100g All-Bran Original
  • 225ml skimmed milk
  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 banana, sliced

Method

1. Stir together the flour, baking powder, salt, cocoa powder and sugar and set aside. 

2. Place the All-Bran and milk into a large mixing bowl and stir. Let the mixture stand for 2 minutes or until cereal has softened. 

3. Add egg whites and oil and beat well. Then stir in banana. 

4. Add flour mixture and stir well. 

5. Line a muffin tin with paper cases, or grease and divide the batter evenly into the tin. 

6. Bake at 200 °C (400 °F) gas mark 6, for about 30 minutes or until muffins are golden brown.

(Recipe available at https://www.kelloggs.co.uk/en_GB/recipes)

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