Easy Banana Bread

Oh my! How long haven’t I blogged.

But let’s not get there. Work has caught up quite a bit hence all I wanna do after I come home is to grab my-now-favourite books (yes, with an s), crawl under the bed and read till whee hours into the morning.

To get things started again, here’s a little recipe for a simple banana loaf / cake. Another of those impromptu baking session, came back home, saw some overripe bananas hanging, there, “let’s make a banana loaf”

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This was made on NYE actually (uh, yeah… ) and made a pretty good New Year’s breakfast. Of course, it can be made anytime, whether there are any special occasions or not. I added a Kentucky specialty; bourbon whiskey. They were sent over by Stella. You can use rum if you don’t have bourbon at hand, if you wish.

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Channeling some inner domestic goddess, I had to go for a Nigella recipe. I remember this was one of my earlier bakes from her book “How to be a Domestic Goddess”. Of course soon, after that I made a couple of times with over ripe bananas, and I dare say, most of the time, I actually DON”T follow the recipe. …… Well if you’re expecting me to say it’s the best ….. I won’t because to me, the best is always the next one. Plus, taste is subjective. period.

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Easy Banana Bread
 
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Ingredients
  • 175ml plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp sodium bicarb
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 125g melted butter
  • 150g caster sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4 very ripe bananas (about 300g)
  • 60g chopped walnuts
  • 75ml bourbon or dark rum
  • *100g sultanas
  • 1 tsp vanilla
Instructions
  1. *I didn't add sultanas into mine, but if you wish, soak sultanas with bourbon and bring to a light boil. Remove from heat, cover and let it macerate. Drain and discard liquid.
  2. Preheat oven to 170 C. Line a loaf tin.
  3. Put flour, baking powder, bicarb and salt in a bowl, combine well with a whisk.
  4. In a large bowl, mix melted butter and sugar and beat till blended. Beat in eggs on at a time, then the mashed bananas.
  5. Then, add in the walnuts, *sultanas, if using, bourbon and vanilla extract.
  6. Add flour, a third at a time, stirring well after each bit.
  7. Scrape into tin and bake for 30-45 mins (depending on size of tin, may take to 1 hr)
  8. When it's ready, an inserted toothpick should come out cleanish.
  9. Leave in the tin on a rack to cool.
  10. *Eat with a dollop of ice cream if you wish 😉

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Taste even better the next day 😉

 

 

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