Monday, 7 June 2010

Banana Bread to say Bon Voyage!

Firstly I'm sorry. I make a desparate plea for followers in my last post then fail to follow it up with actual posts. I have a tonnne of recipes I've tried out lately which are just waiting to be blogged, and have been waiting for some time now! Still I'm sure they'll get posted on here eventually... in the mean time enjoy this recipe for banana bread found on Lovin' from the Oven. Throughout my time trawling the internet for tasty new recipes I frequently manage to stumble across... then over... then right past a whole number of recipes for banana bread. My reason for wandering past these recipes, usually without a second look? I don't like bananas. In fact I more than don't like them, they are rpoabbly my worst ever food. Everything about them makes me want to be sick, the taste, the smell, the texture and the SOUND. People think I'm crazy when I talk about bananas having a SOUND but they genuinely do. It's a sort of smulchy, squelchy sound that serves to give me goosbumps if ever I hear it. It's so bad that I can't even bear to be around someone eating a banana. And I know, I know, they're full of potassium and yadda yadda but there's nothing on God's earth that will ever make me enjoy a banana. So that said you may wonder why oh why this blogging installment is a recipe which can only be described as... welll... banana-y. My reason being is simple and once again comes down to that rare breed of human known as "a friend". My friend loves bananas and has been pestering me to make her some banana bread for a good while now. Ever since I told her about the relative baking disaster that was my first attempt at the stuff. My mother and I followed a healthy eating recipe for banana bread that just did not cook through and was thick, heavy and frankly for a non-banana lover like myself was like torture to eat. I'm not sure why such a disaster should inspire my dear friend so much but inspire her it did. It also happened that this dear friend decided to emmigrate to Canada to live out her dreams in a distant land. And so it happened, that when i stumbled across this recipe for banana bread I sat up and paid attention where I usually would pass by. This recipe, not being of the healthy eating variety, seemed like it would be a lot less dull for the taste buds and it was simple to boot! What more could you want?

I did very little to change this recipe from the original except reduce the amounts because i had only 2 bananas at my disposal. I forgot to reduce the cooking time accordingly however which meant my bread burnt ever so slightly (as you can see from the picture). Other than that the bread is exactly as it was written in the original recipe and I'm assured it's delicious. My friend told me she couldn't stop eating it, which can only be a good thing. So try it yourself, and enjoy! It's so easy!

Cinnamon Swirl Banana Bread

Ingredients - For the bread
3 over-ripe bananas, mashed
3oz melted butter
6oz sugar
1 egg, beaten
1tsp vanilla
1tsp bicarbonate soda
dash salt
6oz flour
for the swirl
3oz sugar
1tbsp cinnamon

  1. Preheat oven to 180C, butter and flour a loaf tin.
  2. Mix bananas, butter, sugar, egg and vanilla. Sprinkle bicarb and salt on top and gently stir in flour, do not overmix.
  3. In a small dish mix the cinnamon and sugar.
  4. Add half the loaf mix to the tin then sprinkle just over half the cinnamon mixture on top. Add the rest of the loaf  batter and sprinkle the rest of the cinnamon swirl on top.
  5. Bake for 50-60 minutes, remove from oven and cool completely in the tin.

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