Recipe: Sweet Banana Bread

Friday 3 February 2017

I'm doing something a little different & random on my blog today...
I'm sharing a recipe!
It's nothing difficult, by any stretch of the imagination,
but it was an experiment for me & it turned out really well, so I thought I would share it with you!
On my day off last week I had the odd compulsion to bake something.
I say odd, because as much as I like baking, I only get the urge to do it once in a blue moon!
This time round, it was triggered by the mere mention of banana bread on Twitter.
 I vaguely remember baking this in school, and figured that it couldn't be too complicated,
so after having a look at some recipes online I had a root around in our cupboards to make sure 
that we had all the relevant ingredients.

Luckily enough, we did!
I mean, I wanted to bake, but not so badly that 
I was up for leaving the house to buy any ingredients that I didn't have! 

I ended up using a combination of different recipes I'd found, 
to compensate for the ingredients that I had to hand.
In my opinion, and on feedback from my parents & David, 
the experimenting turned out really well!

200g Self-Raising Flour
 100g Demerera Sugar
75g Butter (melted)
 3 Ripe Bananas (mashed with a fork)
 1 Egg (beaten)
1 Pinch of Salt
1 tsp Baking Powder
1 tbsp Vanilla Extract
1 tbsp Ground Cinnamon

1 -  Pre-heat the oven to 180°C and grease a bread tin with plenty of butter.
2 - Put the mashed banana into a large mixing bowl & add the egg, melted butter, sugar & vanilla extract. I used a wooden spoon to mix it all together, but I'm sure you can use a mixer if you want!
3 - Lastly, add the baking powder, salt, cinnamon & flour and mix well. 
4 - Pour into your prepared bread tin & bake for 1 hour at 180°C.

It couldn't be more easy.
It is a bit on the sweet side, so if you would prefer to have a more natural taste to your banana bread, feel free to cut down on the sugar!

It tastes best eaten straight out of the oven when it's still warm, 
with a helping of butter and a giant cup of tea!
It's the perfect afternoon snack, especially when the weather is awful outside. 
There's nothing better than curling up on the sofa, listening to the howling wind and rain battering against the window, and indulging in this sweet, spicy, warm Banana Bread.

Well, in my opinion anyway!

Let me know what you think!