20 August 2014

Recipe: Banana Loaf

Now I'm not the best at cooking, in fact a lot of things confuse me when it comes to cooking. For example using herbs and spices! I have no idea what goes with what and tend to just grab a seasoning mix sachet from the supermarkets for certain things like beef casserole etc as I've no idea what herbs to put in it. Anyway one thing I think I'm pretty good at, or at least people have told me I'm good at, is making banana loaf or banana bread as some might call it. The recipe I use is so simple the kids could do it themselves but it's also super tasty, and if you're feeling adventurous you can always add in little extras to make it that much tastier.

What You'll Need:
2 Medium/Large Browning Bananas
1 Large Egg
100g Caster Sugar
130g Self Raising Flour
1tsp Baking Powder/Soda
55g Butter + extra for creasing the cake/bread tin

Extras/ Finishing Touches:
Handful of Chocolate chips
1tsp Vanilla Extract
Toffee icing

How To Do It:
1. Pre-heat the oven to 180c.

2. Peel the bananas and place in a large bowl. Mash bananas with a fork until most of the lumps are out and your left with a thick sort of liquid.

3. Add all the other ingredients to the bowl and mix together until you have a loose dropping consistency with your mixture.

4. Take the extra butter and rub it over your cake/bread tin so the mixture doesn't stick when cooked.

5. If you're adding chocolate chips or vanilla extract best to do this now and give it a quick last mix then pour the mixture into your tin of choice.

6. Pop in the oven for 35-40 minutes, when ready put a knife through the middle to check the mixture is cooked and nothing sticks to the knife and you're all done. Leave to cool in the tin for a little while before turning out or the banana loaf will break apart.

7. Whilst your banana loaf is cooking you can make a lovely toffee icing to go over it once cooled so it's like a lovely banoffee pie. I've used Glenda's Toffee Frosting recipe for this. Simple and works well. So tasty too.

So there you have it pretty simple and super tasty. If using choc chips I don't normally use the toffee icing but feel free to do whatever you think is best. You can also use this recipe to make banana cupcakes and toffee icing on top. Good for taking to school bake sales etc when you have to donate something.

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