Monday, 30 July 2012

Banana Bread

After a lovely week of amazing sunshine, my summer clothes making an appearance, lots of lovely evening walks, the London opening ceremony for the Olympics 2012 and even a BBQ with the family on Saturday. Sunday was a disappointment as it rained and thundered and looked like Autumn was back (this is such weird weather we are having).

To combat the doom and gloom of the dark and drizzly weather, I took to the kitchen and made some comfort food. My food of choice was Banana Bread, very easy and simple to make, makes the house smell wonderful and warms my tummy with the sweet filling taste, to be washed down with a hot cup of tea while relaxing on the sofa.

Of course, you now have to try this glorious mix of naughty and nice, when the next dark day appears over your home.

285g plain flour
1 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda
1/2 teaspoon of salt
110g of butter
225g of caster sugar
2 free-range eggs
4 ripe bananas
85ml buttermilk (or normal milk mixed with 1½ teaspoon lemon juice or vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 180C and grease a loaf tin ready for the mixture to be poured into.

Sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda and salt into a large mixing bowl.

In a separate bowl, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.

Mash the bananas until they are smooth.

Add the eggs, mashed bananas, buttermilk and vanilla extract to the butter and sugar mixture and mix well. Fold in the flour mixture and when the banana bread mixture is all mixed together, pour into the greased loaf tin.

Bake the mixture for about an hour, or until well-risen and golden-brown. Once it is completely cooked, remove from the oven and cool in the tin for a few minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely before serving.

Then sit back, relax and enjoy. I can't help but eat some when it is still warm.