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Banana Loaf – what’s not to love?

15 Nov

You know how there are always two or three bananas that stay in the fruit bowl and turn mushy and black? You ignore them for a day or two and then you throw them away? Terrible waste! But no need for it to ever happen again, because soft and squidgy bananas with seriously blackened skins are ideal, nay, perfect for banana loaf.  To make it even more wonderful, this is a really easy cake to make, fantastically economical, and yes, my favourite thing – minimal washing up!

INGREDIENTS

120 g butter, softened
1 cup golden caster sugar
3 large,very ripe bananas, peeled and mashed
2 large eggs
2 cups plain flour
65 ml warm water
1.5 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

METHOD

Preheat the oven to 180 C and grease and line a loaf tin.

  1. Cream the butter and sugar really well until light and creamy.
  2. Stir in the mashed bananas, and beat thoroughly.
  3. Beat in the eggs one at a time and blend well.
  4. Stir in the flour and the baking powder.
  5. Dissolve the bicarb in the water and stir it into the mixture.
  6. Now pour this batter into the prepared loaf tin and bake in the oven for about 45 minutes.
  7. You should have only one big bowl to wash up, along with a wooden spoon and some measuring spoons. And to make life even simpler may I recommend the gorgeous loaf tin liners which I buy from John Lewis (others are also available!) – these make lining the tin and subsequent washing up a doddle.
  8. This sort of cake needs no embellishment in the way of icing sugar or anything else. Just enjoy a slice, still slightly warm,  with a cup of  tea. Perfect.
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