I am always amazed when I see bakeries and cafes charging outlandish prices for banana bread. There is nothing in a slice of your ordinary, run-of-the-mill banana bread that makes it worth the $4 price tag. So when I saw my elderly neighbour fork out $8 for two scrawny slices of banana bread at a local bakery yesterday I was mortified. I came home, raided my fruit bowl & pantry and set about making a loaf. She was pleasantly surprised when I lobbed at her doorstep and handed the loaf over [at this point we didn’t even know one another’s names] and I was happy I saved someone on a fixed income $8 [every cent counts, right?]. Because I couldn’t exactly cut a slice off to taste it before I handed it over I’ll go by the smell that emerged
as it was baking : super divine.
I tweaked a recipe from taste.com.au, an online recipe site that never lets me down.
2 large over-ripe bananas, mashed
1 3/4 cups self raising flour
1/4 cup plain flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 eggs, whisked
1 tablespoon cinnamon
50g cooled, melted butter
1/2 cup milk
LET’S GET TO IT:
Preheat oven to 180C, spray a large loaf tin with cooking spray and line with baking powder.
Sift flours and cinnamon together in large bowl, add sugar.
In a jug gently mix melted butter, eggs, milk and bananas and stir into the flour mixture with a metal spoon. It will be lumpy, do not over beat.
Bake 40 ish minutes, checking with skewer. It make need another five or so depending on your oven. Remove, place on wire rack and wait until cool before slicing [if you can be that patient with such a delicious smell wafting through the kitchen…]