I really dislike eating bananas. There, I said it. I hate the smell, the taste and the texture.
That being said though, I love those little foam banana sweets, having blended bananas in my morning smoothies and banana loaf. Recently, I bought way too many bananas and instead of them going to waste, I thought I’d put them to good use and make a banana loaf (with a surprise inside!)
I always like a simple recipe to follow and I stumbled on this easy one from BBC Good Food. As usual, anything I’ve written in italics, is something that I’ve added or commented on!
- 140g butter, softened, plus extra for the tin
- 140g caster sugar
- 2 large eggs, beaten
- 140g self-raising flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 2 very ripe bananas, mashed
- 50g icing sugar (I didn’t bother drizzling icing sugar over mine, it was moist enough already!)
- handful dried banana chips, for decoration (I didn’t bother with these)
- Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4.
- Butter a 2lb loaf tin and line the base and sides with baking parchment. (I attempted to line the base and sides, but it kept going weird, so I didn’t bother in the end. I did however grease it, which was absolutely fine!)
- Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, then slowly add the eggs with a little flour. Fold in the remaining flour, baking powder and bananas. (At this stage I poured in a large handful of chocolate chips and mixed the mixture well!)
- Pour into the tin (probably a good idea to mix it a little at this stage as I’d found all my banana was in the middle of the loaf) and bake for about 30 mins until a skewer comes out clean.
- Cool in the tin for 10 mins, then remove to a wire rack.
- Mix the icing sugar with 2-3 tsp water to make a runny icing. Drizzle the icing across the top of the cake and decorate with banana chips.
I’m so gutted as it rose perfectly but by the time I went to take pics, the middle had sagged ever so slightly. I think that I needed to mix it more in the tin before baking and it possibly could have done with another 5 mins or so in the oven! That being said, it didn’t stop it from tasting delicious!!
- Time: Prep – 15 mins, cooking time – 30 mins, cooling time – 10 mins.
- Difficulty rating: It’s really easy to make and it doesn’t take a huge amount of preparation 😀
- Taste: It tasted amazing; cakey, bananary and chocolatey all at once!! Bananas taste so much better when they’re cooked 😀
- Would I make it again?: Yup, I’ve already made another loaf since the first one and it’s definitely a big hit in our house 🙂
- Verdict: 5/5.
Are you a fan of banana loaf; do you add any extras in yours? Let me know in the comments below 🙂 x