Please note that the original recipe is NOT mine. It’s one that I found years ago in one of my trusty fail-safe, go-to recipe books. It came from the Home Recipes with Be-Ro Flour, 37th edition. I wanted to share it, along with some little alterations that I have made along the way to all the banana bread lovers out there.
200g (8oz) Self raising flour 1.25ml (1/4 tsp) Bicarbonate of soda 2.5ml (1/2 tsp) Salt – I NEVER add this 75g (3oz) Butter – I use Stork margarine 150g (6oz) Caster sugar 2 Eggs, beaten 450g (1lb) Bananas (weighed with the skin on) 100g (4oz) Walnuts, chopped (optional)
1. Preheat your oven to 180C, Fan 160C, Gas 4. 2. Grease & flour a 2lb loaf tin. 3. Mix together the flour, bi-carb and salt (if using). 4. Mash the bananas. 5. Cream together the butter and sugar until pale & fluffy. 6. Add the eggs, a little at a time, alternately with a spoonful of the flour mixture and beat well. 7. Stir in the remaining flour, bananas and walnuts (if using). 8. Pour into your prepared tin & bake for 1 1/4 hours, or until a skewer, inserted into the centre, comes out clean. 9. Leave to cool for a few minutes, then turn out to cool completely. 10. Once cool, wrap in foil and ideally leave for 24 hours before slicing & eating.
A) I add ALL of my ingredients to the bowl & mix as per the ‘all in one’ method. B) Instead of greasing & lining my tins, I find it much easier & more convenient to line them with a loaf tin liner from Lakeland. C) when the mixture is in the tin, scatter the top with some more chopped walnuts and then sprinkle some soft brown sugar over the top. The flavour that this imparts is amazing! D) Try spreading your sliced banana bread with some proper butter for added flavour.