Easy Banana Loaf with optional extras
It's amazing how quickly bananas turn brown. Unless, of course, that's how you want them! This easy banana loaf is perfect for using over-ripe bananas, when the flavour has really come through, but the fruit is a little dry to eat by itself.
This recipe is simple and quick to make. Once you have the basic loaf, which is yummy in itself, it's easy to add extra ingredients to suit your taste. Some suggestions are given below.
- 2 over-ripe bananas, mashed
- 50g/2oz soft butter or margarine
- 150g/5oz caster sugar
- 2 medium/large eggs
- 225g/8oz self raising flour
- 1 pinch salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
- Cream together the butter/margarine and sugar.
- Add the eggs one at a time, with a small spoon of flour per egg. Beat into mixture.
- Mash both bananas. Add them, plus the flour, salt and vanilla essence to the bowl and mix well.
- Transfer the mixture into a loaf tin, which should be lightly greased and floured.
- Bake at 375F, 190C, Gas 5, for aroung 50 minutes until golden.
- Turn loaf out and cool on wire rack.
When cooled, slice and serve with butter or chocolate spread.
The banana loaf will take variations in added ingredients. Around 2oz/50g of the extra item should work well.
* Chocolate chips
* A heaped tablespoon of cocoa powder
* Roughly chopped pecans or walnuts. These nuts have a softer texture than some others.
* Glace cherries
* Chopped dried apricot
* Dried cranberries
* Candied peel
* Chopped dates
Banana loaf keeps well in a sealed container. Sliced and served with butter or chocolate spread, it's a lovely way to end a meal, or as a snack.
Silicone loaf pans are excellent. Stand them on a baking tray as they are bendy. Lightly grease, then sprinkle with flour for easy removal of the cooked loaf.