So I was busy thinking of all the kind things we could do for someone, especially under the current circumstances where some are self isolating, if you have friends or family living on their own it can be a lonely time for them. It is (Mental Health Awareness Week).
I feel extremely lucky as I have my hubby and my 3 girls who I have been in lockdown with, occasionally we have gotten on each other nerves but even amongst all the noise and the lack of time to concentrate on my business I feel thankful that I have them and we are altogether. It does make me think of those that don't have that, maybe their families have grown up now or they live on their own. We are gong througha tough time our world as we know it has suddenly turned upside down, everything is different and even if you are surrounded by people you can still feel anxious and unsure as to what is happening.
So this got me thinking, what have we done that is kind and thoughtful to other people, well we have written letters, notes, made pictures to elderly relatives. We have been in touch with our friends all the time during this just to try and ease the pain of it all. We have coloured pictures and put them in the windows of our house for other children to go on a rainbow hunt around our local area.
The other thing that we have done is so much of baking! Now baking and cooking always makes me feel so much better just getting lost in the recipe or creating a new one, I absolutely love it! So I wanted to share a recipe with you that is delicious, a definite crowd pleaser and maybe you could pop it round to your elderly next door neighbour or a friend that needs an extra boost right now, just to say that you are thinking of them. The best part is that it makes 2 chocolate loaf cakes and they can also be frozen if you can resist the urge to scoff the lot!
Yummy Chocolate Loaf Cake
What You'll Need:
Mixing Bowl & Spoon
2 x loaf tins, lined
75g cooking chocolate
300g self raising flour
375g caster sugar
2 tbsps of cocoa powder
4 tbsps of greek yoghurt
Decorate with whipped cream, a crumbled chocolate flake and some edible glitter!
What to Do:
1) In a small pan melt the butter and cooking chocolate and mix together, take off the heat and leave to cool slightly while you mix the dry ingredients.
2) In a large mixing bowl mix the flour, sugar & cocoa powder together.
3) Now mix in the butter & chocolate mixture, eggs and yoghurt and beat well until all lumps of gone.
4) Split the mixture between the two loaf tins and pop in the oven at 180c for about 45mins to an hour.
5)You'll know when its ready when it has risen, springy to touch and a skewer comes out clean when gently inserted in the middle of the cake.
6) Leave to cool on a wire rack in the loaf tins for 10 mins before removing. Then leave to cool completely before decorating.
Finally enjoy, Happy Baking!