I've baked Banana bread a couple times and I feel confident enough to share the recipe with you now. I bake quiet often, especially lately (it's a fantastic distraction technique when you're meant to be studying) and yet I still manage to burn things/get measurements wrong haha, but practice makes perfect right? this is what I keep telling myself anyway.
Okay, here's what you'll need:
- 285g/10oz plain flour
- 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- ½ tsp salt
- 110g/4oz butter,
- 225g/8oz caster sugar
- 2 free-range eggs
- 4 ripe bananas, mashed
- 85ml/3fl oz buttermilk (or normal milk mixed with 1½ tsp lemon juice or vinegar)
- 1 tsp vanilla extractFirstly, pre-heat your oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4.
Measure out your flour and put it in your sieve over a large mixing bowl.
You will make a mess. It's okay because your family will be getting delicious baked goodness so you will be forgiven.
Add to the flour a teaspoon of bircabonate of soda and a pinch of salt.
In a separate bowl (AKA a wok because we only have one mixing bowl in the flat) cream the butter and the sugar until it's light and fluffy.
I'm using these overripe banana's because I don't want them go to waste, you don't have to use ripe bananas - it'll just be a little harder to mash but hey, that's what blenders are for right?
Break up the bananas into a bowl/jug.
Get a fork and mash those bananas up.
It helps to move the fork up against the side of the bowl/jug. The consistency is totally up to you, some people prefer massive chunks in their bread, others like it to be as smooth as baby food. I like it more pureed with small chunks.
This is about the point where I realised that we have no eggs, top baking tip, always check you have all the ingredients that you need, obviously. Below is my unimpressed face.
Back on track now! get your eggs and crack them into a cup then into the butter mixture (use the cup first so you don't accidentally get egg shell in the mix).
Now add the buttermilk, vanilla extract and mashed bananas to the butter and mix well, it will look pretty gross but it only gets better from here.
Fold the butter mixture into the flour with a wooden spoon, make sure to get the spoon right around all the sides to incorporate all of the flour.
Grease your tray, or loaf baking tin if you're fancier than me.
Place the tray/tin in the centre of the oven and bake for an hour, or until risen and golden brown on top.
Admire your loaf/square whatever, it's not about looks okay? I liked this one, although it was slightly over-done but that's how I like it.
There you have it, there are variations to this recipe of course but I prefer it the way it is, simple but delicious. If you don't mind heart attacks this also tastes great toasted with lashings of butter.
P.S. I have 17 hours until my poetry assignment deadline and I've only just started, yes, I started this blog before the essay, responsible, no?
P.P.S I promise to blog more often after the deadlines are over, unless the stress kills me of course. I have lot's of stuff stored up to share yay.
Happy baking! xoxo