Tuesday, July 26, 2011

My Mammy's Tried and Tested Perfect Banana Bread

Banana bread is a recipe that everyone has and in the same way everyone seems convinced that theirs is the best. Having tried some of these recipes I keep returning to the banana bread I enjoyed as a child and while it may not be the 'best' it's certainly mine and my whole family's favourite. It has more banana that the typical recipe which means that the banana flavour is much more intense and the loaf is super moist and rich. Also in this recipe you will find the addition of orange and lemon zest which gives a certain freshness to it. 

Also, in what appear to e a break with the norm there are no spices in this banana bread. Having messed around with different spices I found that they detract from the taste and I don't otehr with them anymore, banana bread should be simple and this one definitely is

Banana Bread
Makes 1 loaf
75g soft butter
110g caster sugar
1 large egg beaten
225g plain flour
2 tsps baking powder level
4 medium bananas peeled
Grated rind 1 orange
Grated rind 1 lemon

Preheat oven to 180.
Butter, sugar and egg in large mixing bowl
Sift in flour and baking powder
In another bowl slice and mash bananas with fork
Whish sugar, butter and flour until thoroughly combined
Add orange and lemon rind
Add mashed bananas
Mix thoroughly
Put in tin and level off top
Centre shelf 50-55 mins until loaf is golden, well risen and springs back

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