Banana Bread

In Baking, Bread, Cake, Snacks on July 4, 2012 at 7:53 am

A little while ago, I managed to resist scoffing my entire bunch of bananas before they became ripe enough to use for baking – and trust me, this is NOT a frequent occurence. I was pretty torn between making banana and cinnamon muffins or banana bread, but in the end the banana bread won. It also fit in quite well with a bunch of leftover ingredients I had lying around, so I figured this was a good opportunity for a bit of improvisation! The great thing about banana bread is that it is so easy to adapt with what you have on hand and you can be pretty sure it will still be delicious.

From memory, here is more or less the recipe I used:

baking spray, to grease loaf tin

250g plain flour

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

3/4 cup walnuts, roughly chopped (you could substitute with other nuts, such as pecans)

1 egg, beaten

175 ml milk

100 g leftover over cinnamon sugar + 50 g dark cane sugar ( use whatever sugar you want)

60-100 g melted butter

2 very ripe bananas, mashed

Grease the loaf tin with cooking spray, or oil and butter if you prefer. Sift the flour, baking powder and baking soda together in a bowl. Stir in the chopped walnuts (you could also roast these, perhaps?) and make a well in the centre. Combine the remaining ingredients in a separate bowl and then pour into the well, stirring to combine  with a spatula. This should produce a wet batter. Overmixing can make the bread heavy, so be gentle. Pour batter in prepared tin. Bake in preheated oven (180 degrees) for about an hour – it should be golden and risen. You can tell it is ready when the bread shrinks away from the sides of the tin. An inserted skewer should come out clean. Leave to stand 10 mins, then turn onto a wire rack to cool before slicing. Serve with olivani…or pumpkin butter!


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