Here’s a fab little recipe to get your week on track!
Over the weekend, we had a very sad looking bunch of bananas that begun ripening way too quickly before we could even contemplate eating them! Boo!
So what better excuse than to use the best Banana Bread recipe that I’ve come across in years! (A highly subjective opinion of course!!) And big bonus: It tastes great too!! It’s super dense and moist, rich in flavour and colour and is surprising (and quite satisfyingly) crunchy around the edges!
This recipe has been sourced from one of my favourite baking books…
Here’s what you’ll need…
1 cup of mashed (overripe) banana (I used four smallish bananas but you can use two larger ones)
1 cup (220g) of brown sugar
40g (1.5 ounces) of melted butter
1/2 cup (125ml) of buttermilk (use full cream milk as an alternate)
1/4 cup (90g) of treacle (you can also use golden syrup or honey)
1.5 cups (225g) of plain/all-purpose flour
1 cup (150g) of self-raising flour
2 teaspoons of mixed spice
1 teaspoon of bi-carb soda (baking soda)
And now to make…
First, preheat your oven to 180C or 350F. Grease a 14cmx21cm (5.5″x8.5″) loaf tin and then line it with baking paper, extending it about 5cm (2″) over the sides.
Next, combine the mashed banana, brown sugar, both eggs, the melted butter and buttermilk as well as the treacle in a large bowl.
Gently sift both of the flours, the mixed spice and bi-carb soda over the wet ingredients and stir them together. Try not to over mix – the lumpier the better!
Carefully pour the batter into the pre-prepared tin and place it into the oven to bake for about 1 hour.
Leave the bread in the pan for about 10 minutes before turning it out onto a wire rack so that it can cool.
This hearty banana bread can be served as is or toasted with a dollop of butter and accompanied with a hot cup of tea!
Serves 10-12 (depending on how generous you cut your slices!)
Happy Baking, Friends!