Blissfully Easy Banana Bread

What is it with always having some over-ripe bananas left in the fruit bowl?!  I fell in love with banana ice cream, or ‘nicecream’, thanks to Instagram, but as you all know, I do love to bake!

This cake is one of the easiest things I’ve ever made, and it always turns out well.  Unfortunately, it doesn’t last that long once it’s out the oven (it barely even has a chance to cool down!), but I think that’s surely the sign you’re looking for when you want to make a good cake, right?!

Below is the basic recipe, but I always end up adding something new to it each time.  Whether that’s more nuts, more spices, sultanas or even some chocolate chips…whatever you find in your cupboards, chuck it in there, and give it a go!

Banana Bread


Blissfully Easy Banana Bread 

Prep Time: 10 minutes     Cook Time: 25 – 35 minutes     Servings: 6-8

Ingredients

  • 2 large or 3 medium very ripe bananas
  • 140g unsalted butter
  • 70g caster sugar
  • 70g soft brown sugar
  • 140g gluten free self raising flour (I use Dove’s Farm)
  • 1/4 teaspoon xanthum gum (I use Dove’s Farm)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon each of cinnamon and mixed spice
  • A handful of chopped nuts such as walnuts or pecans

Eating cake

Method

  1. Pre heat the oven to 160 degrees
  2. Butter a tin loaf pan and line the sides and bottom with parchment paper
  3. In a bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Slowly add the eggs with a little of the flour and beat together
  4. Fold in the remaining flour, xanthum gum, baking powder and spices
  5. Next fold in the nuts.  This is the point where you can also add in any additional ingredients, such as sultanas or chocolate chips
    N.B If at this point the mixture seems a little stiff, as it often will do when using gluten free flour and xanthum gum, add a splash of liquid to loosen it up.  I often use milk, but any milk substitute would do
  6. making banana breadPour the mixture into the loaf tin.  I then place a few nut halves on top and sprinkle on some demerara sugar.
  7. Place the tin into the oven to bake for approximately 30 minutes.  Keep checking the mixture with a cocktail stick or skewer until it comes out clean
  8. Put onto a wire rack to cool for at least 30 minutes, and tip out once cooled
  9. Cut into slices and enjoy with a cup of tea!

 Baked banana bread

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