Banana Bread

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Rien has been wanting me to bake something with bananas for ages, so I finally have! I have never been a fan of banana bread in the past because it can sometimes be a little dry with a very strong banana taste. I know some people would be happy with this but I prefer a more subtle flavour when it comes to banana!

This recipe is from The Great British Bake Off’s Big Book of Baking which has loads of lovely sounding recipes. It is a lovely moist bread which I think is more of a cake than bread. You can have it with butter but I don’t think you need to at all because of how moist it is already.

This recipe is really easy to make and although it takes an hour to bake, you can just put it in the oven while you get on with other things. It is also great for using up bananas that have got a little too ripe for you to want to eat. When they are turning black is when they are perfect for this recipe! The original recipe includes walnuts but we’re not keen on them in this house so I have left them out.

125g unsalted butter, softened
150g light soft brown sugar 
2 eggs
250g plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp cinnamon
pinch of salt
250g peeled, ripe bananas mashed
2 tbsp soured cream (alternatively you can use crème fraîche)

  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC and line a loaf tin
  2. Beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.  Add the eggs and mix again
  3. Sift the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Gently stir into the butter until the flour is nearly combined, but not quite

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  1. Mash the bananas on a plate with a fork, don’t go too crazy you want a lumpy texture rather than a smooth puree. Add to the rest of the mix along with the soured cream and mix until combined

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  1. Tip into the lined loaf tin and smooth the top. Bake in the oven for 1 hour until the top is golden brown and a cocktail stick comes out clean

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  1. Leave to cool in the tin for around 15 mins before turning out onto a rack to cool. Once cool, wrap in foil and keep for up to 3 days (it won’t last that long though!)

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This bread makes a delicious afternoon treat so make yourself a drink, out your feet up and enjoy!

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