Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Banana Bread with Dates and Walnuts

Back to normal today-baking banana bread- to use up some brown bananas. I only like yellow ones for eating, on the green side of yellow at that. So as soon as they start to get freckles I leave them to go really brown before making banana bread with them. Banana bread sounds really healthy, but actually with the amount of sugar and fat in it, banana cake would probably be a more accurate description. Still, it tastes good and makes a great afternoon snack, especially after a bike ride. Below is the basic recipe I follow, but I often add other ingredients too depending on what I fancy that day. Today I added dates and walnuts, other favourite additions are chocolate chips or sultanas/raisins.

150g caster sugar
50g butter
2 eggs
4 brown bananas
200g plain flour
1 tsp bicarb
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp baking powder

Preheat oven to 180°C. Line a loaf tin with greaseproof paper.
Beat together the sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs and bananas. Mix in the flour, bicarb, salt and baking powder. Bake for 45mins to 1hour. Cool for 10mins on a cooling rack. Remove from tin and eat!

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