I have to confess I actually like my bananas REALLY ripe, but there is a point at which I’ll turn them away. I also hate waste so I tend to buy things like bananas when they’re on the yellow sticker section (who doesn’t love a good yellow sticker?) and either throw them in the freezer or make them into something – like banana bread.
This banana bread is so simple even those who are time poor will have time to whip one up. My method of cooking is always quite messy anyway, I don’t have time to gently fold in ingredients, so my advice, just dump it all into your mixer and switch on.
• 150g caster sugar
• 3 very ripe bananas (and one for decoration)
• 2 large eggs
• 150g butter
• 175g plain flour
• 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1.5 teaspoon vanilla essence
Mash the bananas, melt the butter and then place all the ingredients into your bowl or mixer.
Mix until it becomes a smooth batter.
Pour into a pre-greased bread tin (unless you have the non-stick variety) and bake on 180 degrees for approx 40 minutes.
When you remove it from the oven, leave it to sit for 10-15 minutes before tipping it out on to a wire rack and allow it to fully cool.
Cut off a slice, thick or thin and serve with your favourite hot drink.
Obviously, I think everything tastes better with real butter and sugar but if you’re looking to cut down on your sugar intake then you can replace the sugar with 100g of sultanas. Of course, it won’t be as sweet bread as the above recipe the sweetness from the sultanas and the bananas will make it sweet enough!