Sunday Banana Bread

Sunday Banana Bread

When we have overripe bananas at home, I make banana bread on Sundays. The loaf is so large that it serves breakfast for a few days and I can even set some aside for B's colleagues. B generously shares everything but sometimes forgets to eat some. Two weeks ago, I packed him a slice before heading to work. In the evening, he told me that the cake was good. However, his colleague Meghan confessed to me that she had secretly eaten it :-) Hmmm, somebody has been hiding something...

This recipe is from the Hummingbird Bakery and you can make it in no time. It has the perfect balance of spices and moisture. The best part? Your kitchen will smell divine when it bakes in the oven!

Makes 1 large loaf. Serves 8-10.

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • 270 g of brown sugar
  • 2 bananas
  • 280 g of flour
  • 1 tsp of baking powder
  • 1 tsp of bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tsp of ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp of ground ginger
  • 140 g of unsalted butter

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 170 C.
  2. Grease a loaf tin and dust flour or caster sugar.
  3. Melt the butter in a pan and set aside.

4. Mash the bananas with a fork.

5. Beat the eggs and sugar. Add the mashed banana and beat until fully mixed.

6. Add the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and the spices and keep on beating. 

7. Once it's all well incorporated, pour the melted butter and beat some more.

8. Pour the mixture into the tin and smoothen the surface with a spatula.

9. Bake for about an hour or until firm. The crust should be golden. The inside needs to be cooked, to double-check just run a knife in the center of the cake, it should come out clean.

10. Cool the cake on a rack.

To maintain the moisture for a few days, make sure to properly wrap the cake or to store it in a sealed container.

 

My Learnings:

  • This was my best banana bread so far, the baking was perfect. It made me realize that the quality of the tin makes a huge difference! I tried for the first time a 23cm x 13.5cm Golden heritage tin.
  • My friend Ana adds grains and seeds in her batter. It's a great idea to give it more texture.

I hope that it helps you start your morning on the right foot. Let me know how you find this banana bread! 

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