Banana Bread


If you are lucky enough to have some over ripe bananas lurking in your fruit bowl, looking at you with reproach, then there is just one thing to do. Make banana bread. If you are unlucky enough not to have over ripe bananas at the end of the week then you will have to start buying more bananas.
This is a versatile recipe which can be changed with different mixes of spices, nuts and fruit. At the moment I am enjoying glacé cherries, walnut and cinnamon but stem ginger and hazelnut would also be delicious.

225g Self raising flour
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp cinnamon
100g mixed nuts and dried fruit of your choosing
4 ripe bananas
75ml oil (your choice)
100g sugar (if you are not in the UK then you will have to do the “is it vegan sugar” panic

Heat the oven to 200oC and line a large loaf to with baking paper.
Mix the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and dried fruit and nuts in a large bowl.
Mash the bananas and beat in sugar and oil until fairly smooth. Some small banana lumps can be quite nice.

Mix the wet and dry ingredients together and then pour into the prepared tin.
Bake for 45-55 minutes and check by stabbing it with a knife. If it comes out clean then it is cooked. If it is browning too soon then cover it with foil.
Leave to cool in the tin for a few minutes before turning out onto a wire rack.


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