Reader Recipes: April’s granny’s banana bread
April said… “My nan used to make it for me and my sister every sunday and we looked forward to it every week. My nan was a frugal queen and would have loved your blog.”
Banana Bread (Serves 4-6)
225g self-raising flour
3/4 level teaspoon ground mixed spice (or whatever combination you like of cinnamon, nutmeg, cardomem, gingerbread etc)
1/2 teaspoon salt
100g caster sugar
100g butter (cut into small pieces)
1 tablespoon honey
450g ripe bananas peeled and mashed with a fork
Squeeze of lemon juice
Optional – chocolate drops, sultana’s, nuts inc walnuts, almonds, dates – (you can add anything that you have lying around that takes your fancy really!)
Sift the flour, mixed spice (if using), salt and sugar into a bowl. Add butter.
Beat in all the remaining ingridients, then pour the mixture into a greased 23cm loaf tin.
Bake in a pre heated oven, 180 degrees, 350 F, Gas 4 for 1 hour, then for a further 30mins at 170 degrees, 330 F, Gas 3 1/2. Take out of the oven and leave to cool in the tin before turning out and tucking in!
Tip – this is a store cupboard recipe so if you’re reasonable well stocked you should be fine. I have made it with half plain and half self raising flour before and also with all plain and a level teaspoon of bicarb so you can really play arould with it and make it your own. Also the riper/older the bananas you have to use the better the bread will be!
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This is brilliant, many thanks. I have some bananas I will have to use up before starting the Below the Line thingy in just over a week’s rime and I love the look of this.
I made this at the weekend to have as a hot pudding with custard, and now have a lovely doorstop slice for breakfast as I write, spread with peanut butter.
I had underestimate the weight of the two large bananas I had, so was about 100g short bananawise from your recipe but it doesn’t seem to have suffered.
I added a broken up bar of smart price dark chocolate, and it is a really really lovely loaf. I will definitely be making this regularly. Like I said its nice as a cakey hot pudding but just as good for breakfast.
my kitchen smells so good right now. have it in with some walnuts and pieces of leftover christmas chocs. Cannot wait.
Mine burnt after 40 mins at 180 ….??
I have just made this, this afternoon. There is only 3 slices left! 2 growing boys loved it 🙂 My oven is a fan assisted and I am often aware that it can cook quicker. I do think 180 for an hr and 170 for half hr was quite a lot. I think I would adjust a little next time 🙂
Mine too Perdie. I’ve just turned it right down and covered it with foil. Fingers crossed it saves it as it smells amazing. Put pecans in mine.