I’m no baker. When I’m in the kitchen you will find either me over a stove or experimenting by turning my favourite cooked dishes into healthy raw creations. I tend to stay away from baked goods at all costs. To me, baking is like an exact science; just one incorrect move and the potential for a disaster increases 100%. I have visions of cakes imploding, ovens exploding, and anarchy ensuing. But I had set myself the goal of making banana bread, and I never shy away from a challenge – especially when I am the one challenging myself!
Spoiler alert: it turned out amazingly well! This recipe is foolproof. If I can make it, then anyone can deliver the most deliciously and perfectly moist banana bread! Read on for the easiest recipe to wow your friends!
Warning: It’s not going to be healthy. But it is going to be delicious!
Sunday was BBB-Day – Banana Bread Baking Day! It was raining and the kitchen was filled with Disney music; the perfect atmosphere for baking! I gathered up all my ingredients before hand for ease of access (one learnt last week while baking brownies the importance of preparation & organisation when baking!)
You will need: 250g Self Raising Flour 175g Brown Sugar 100g Butter 2 ripe bananas 2 eggs 50g chopped walnuts (optional) 1 tsp baking powder 2 tblsp Milk
Once the ingredients were all weighed out, I got down to the scary part, which turned out to be not so scary and actually quite simple!
1. Preheat oven to 180C/350F/Gas Mark 4
2. Grease & line a loaf tin.
3. Cream the brown sugar and butter together.
4. Mash the bananas and add to the mixture. Tip: the riper the bananas are, the better. Don’t be afraid of black spots – they add extra sweetness!
5. Break the eggs, one at a time, into the mixture, beating well between each addition.
6. Gently fold in the flour and baking powder, then stir in the walnuts (optional) and milk.
7. Transfer the mixture into the loaf tin and bake for approx one hour, or until well rise and golden brown. I took mine out after 45 minutes and checked with a skewer!
8. Turn out and cool on a wire rack.
9. Serve and indulge in a slice of your delicious homemade banana bread in whichever manner you like!
I had a slice while it was still warm, paired with a black coffee… in a china tea cup. Don’t judge me! There are so many ways that you can eat banana bread: Toasted with a little bit of butter. Or cream. Or nutella. Someone on Twitter eats it with salad and raisins!
Bake Banana Bread ✓
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I couldn’t believe how easy this Banana & Walnut Bread was to bake. It got thumbs up all around, even from those strange people who have an aversion to bananas!! Maybe I could be a baker after all!?
What is your favourite thing to bake during the Fall season?
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