We were absolutely delighted that our banana plants produced fruit this year for the first time. Even after the bandicoots and white tailed rats joined forces and managed to fell two of the plants beaver-style, we still had an overabundance of bananas all at once. We ate bananas for breakfast, lunch and as snacks between meals, but still ended up with yukky over-ripe bananas lying around attracting fruit flies in the kitchen. I hate waste, but I like my fruit underipe so I was very tempted to just dump them on the compost heap or recycle them back into the banana circle…then I found the perfect use for them, banana bread!! Banana bread is a quick, cake-type bread that is dense and gooey and ridiculously moreish. To make banana bread the skins of the fruit should be at least half black, if they are entirely black all the better. I love recipes that take something that would have gone to waste and make them into something amazing. This recipe is so easy and delicious we made it every day for a week, used all of our brown bananas and were very disappointed when the years crop had gone. Follow the simple steps below to make your own at home.
- 250 grams butter
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 3 eggs
- 450 grams mashed bananas (4-5 medium to large bananas or in this case 8-10 small ones)
- 250g self-raising flour
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
Step 1. Preheat oven to 180C/350F/gas 4.
Step 2. Grease a loaf tin.
Step 3. Cream together the butter and sugar.
Step 4. Add the eggs one at a time and beat until smooth
Step 5. Add the cinnamon and vanilla essence
Step 6. Add the mashed over-ripe bananas
Step 7. Sift and fold in the self-raising flour
Step 8. Transfer to the loaf tin. Then bake for about an hour. It is ready when you can insert a wooden skewer or cocktail stick and it comes out clean.
Serve straight from the oven or toast slices with butter for breakfast. You can also use it to make fabulous bread pudding! If you cant eat it all at once simply pop the loaf in the freezer and defrost when needed.
If you want something a little more rich, add cream cheese frosting. Alternatively, you can add a cup of dried fruit, nuts or even chocolate chips. To make something really special, try infusing sultanas in rum and adding those. Personally, I feel that you can’t go wrong with a chocolate and banana combo, but you can pretty much add anything that takes your fancy and it will still work out.