Get cracking with your tea party

by Suzy Pelta Tea Party Queen Suzy Pelta, official Blooming Great Tea Party blogger

I hope everybody had a lovely Easter? I have spent lots of quality time with my family and have eaten a huge amount of delicious food! Now that Lent is over, it's time to really treat yourself, so why not make my brand new recipe: banana gooey bars? Gooey, indulgent and totally delicious, this is also a perfect recipe to make for your Blooming Great Tea Party  .
Have you received your pack yet? I have and am looking forward to putting up the bunting and balloons provided. It really helps to make the party even more special. Last year the weather was gorgeous for my tea party and I hung the bunting above my garden doors with balloons going up both sides - it looked great! I also put the fundraising boxes on the food table to encourage people to put any loose change in them. I am really getting excited about my Blooming Great Tea Party and have started to get prizes for the raffle that I will be holding. It's a really good idea to ask local businesses if they will donate prizes, and I am very fortunate in that some fantastic businesses near me have said yes. If you still haven't registered to host, don't delay - sign up now  . And if you make my banana gooey bars recipe, do tweet me a picture and tell me what you think!

Banana Gooey Bars



60g butter 200g brown sugar 100g caster sugar 1 large egg 2 large bananas (approximately 250g once peeled) A pinch of salt 1 tbsp baking powder 35g cornflour 350g plain flour 250g condensed milk 200g milk chocolate chips or chunks


1. Preheat your oven to 170°C. 2. Grease and line a 9" x 9" baking tin. 3. Cream together the butter and both sugars. 4. Beat in the egg. 5. Mash the bananas and add them in too. 6. Add in the salt, baking powder and cornflour and mix thoroughly. 7. Add the flour in three additions, beating well after each addition. 8. Pour the batter into the cake tin, making sure it covers the entire base. 9. Sprinkle the top with 100g of your chocolate chunks/chips. 10. Pour the condensed milk over the top, carefully making sure it is evenly spread. 11. Sprinkle the remaining 100g of chocolate over the top. 12. Bake in the centre of your oven for 30 minutes until it has a slight wobble. The top will have bubbled up and be golden. The bars will firm up more once out of the oven. You can slice and serve whilst still warm (and very gooey) or serve them at room temperature.