Banana Bread

My mother has been making this banana bread for as long as I can remember. It is fantastically delicious fresh and toasted, plus eating the leftover mixture is just as good as eating the end result. This recipe is a great use for bananas that are beginning to turn – freeze them and make this delightful loaf later. Once made, toast and try with this delicious sweet ricotta on top!

Serves: 1 loaf tin
Cooking Time: Preparation 15 minutes, cook 1 hour


Ingredients

+ 125 g butter
+ 3/4 cup sugar (brown, raw or something similar)
+ 2 eggs
+ at least 5 bananas (frozen ones are best to keep the cake moist)
+ 2 cups self raising flour
+ pinch of salt
+ 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
+ 2 tablespoons milk
+ For variety add any combination of things such as: shredded coconut, honey, golden syrup, pistachios, walnuts, cinnamon, nutmeg, sunflower seeds, pepitas or choc chips. For an extra delicious crust combine a small amount of brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg and sprinkle on top of batter before baking!


Method

Preheat oven to 150°C.

Cream butter and sugar in an electric mixer. Add eggs, and mix until combined. Add the bananas one at a time, allowing the mixture to combine after each addition. Remove mixing bowl from the machine, and fold in the remaining ingredients. Take a look at the consistency of your mixture before adding any additions. Add your extra flavour varieties, mix and then add a touch of either milk or flour to return batter to original consistency. Spoon mixture into a loaf tin lined with baking paper, or into greased muffin trays.

For the loaf tin, bake in the oven for approximately 55 minutes or until cooked through. Allow to cool on a wire rack before removing from the tin, and sampling a small portion while it still warm. The banana bread will keep for up to two weeks stored in an airtight container, or wrapped in cling wrap and refrigerated. 

Original recipe sourced from the  Family Archives.

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