Comfort Food – Banana Bread

I think fruit loaves are the perfect comfort food for Autumn. They are easy to make and are very forgiving when it comes to baking. This is a recipe I use for Banana Bread that never lets me down, and is ideal when you have a few bananas that are over ripe and you don’t want to throw them away. You can also tweak it really easily by adding additional fruits and spices, I sometimes add coconut, sultanas, carrots and will play around with cinnamon, ginger, mixed spice and nutmeg. There is also a lovely Pumpkin Loaf version of this, I will be posting a little nearer All Hallows.

Ingredients

  • 100g (4oz) butter, softened
  • 175g (6oz) brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 225g (8oz) self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 1 tbsp of cinnamon or mixed spice
  • You will need a 900g (2lb) loaf tin.
  1. Instructions
    Lightly grease the loaf tin and line it with non-stick baking parchment. Pre-heat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas Mark 4. Measure all the ingredients into a mixing bowl and beat for about 2 minutes, until well blended; an electric mixer is best for this but of course you can also beat by hand with a wooden spoon.
  2. Spoon the mixture into the prepared tin and level the surface. Bake for about 1 hour, until well risen and golden brown. A fine skewer inserted in the centre of the cake should come out clean.
  3. Leave the cake to cool in the tin for a few minutes, then loosen with a small palette knife and turn the cake out. Remove the lining paper and leave on a wire rack to cool completely. Slice thickly to serve.

I enjoyed my cake whilst flicking through this copy of my Illustrated Mushrooms and Toadstools book. We have seen so many different mushrooms on our walks in the park so I wanted to see if I could identify any. I would never actually pick wild mushrooms, because I am too scared of making a mistake – but I do love looking at the pictures in this book – they are just beautiful. Another copy of this book is available to buy in my Etsy Shop….Hedgerow Vintage

Happy Baking x o

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