The humble Banana Bread. This is one of my ultimate favourite treats. Lying somewhere between a cake and a bread, this is perfect for a party, a gift or just a 4pm pick me up. As someone who hates waste, the best thing about this recipes is that is uses those old, black, beaten up bananas that you bought last week and never got around to eating. So easy to make, I dare you not to try this.
175g plain flour. 2 teaspoon baking powder. 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda. 1/2 teaspoon salt. 125g melted butter. 150g caster sugar. 2 eggs. 4 bananas. 60g walnuts/pecans (optional). 100g sultanas (optional). 1 teaspoon vanilla.
Pre heat oven to 170 degrees, fan. Combine the melted butter and sugar with a whisk and add the eggs one a time until fully combined. In a separate bowl, peel and mash the bananas to a smooth consistency. Add to the butter, sugar and egg mix. Stir in the nuts and sultanas if using, with the vanilla in the mix. Over some paper or a board, sift the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt together. Add to the wet mix and stir to fully combine. Pour in to a tin (either loaf or square tin) lined with baking paper. Bake for 1 hour to 1 hour 15, until an inserted skewer comes out fairly clean. The cooking time may reduce or exceed depending on your tin size. The skewer test is the best way to check. Allow to cool in the tin on a wire rack.
When having as a snack, I like this best covered in Nutella. When serving up for a party, I decorate it with cream cheese frosting, extra nuts, caramel, banana chips and flowers. Crowd pleaser 100%.
Also, if miraculously your cake has lasted longer than a day, and gets a bit hard around the edges, just a few minutes under the grill makes an excellent warm banana toast!