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Banana bread

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When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. When life gives you 2 1/2 kg of organic bananas for £2, make banana bread.

1 1/2 lb / 600g bananas, preferably over ripe

2 eggs

8 oz / 200g self raising flour

1/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

3 oz / 75g butter

3 oz /75g sugar

2 oz /60g walnuts (optional)

Remove the top shelf rack of the oven. You can replace it when the oven is cold again afterwards. Preheat oven to 180C/160C/Gas Mark 4/350F. Grease a 2lb / 1kg loaf tin and line the base.

Mash bananas roughly with a fork in a large bowl. Add eggs, softened butter, sugar, sifted flour and bicarbonate of soda. Mix well and add in walnuts and combine.

Tip into prepared tin and bake for 1 hour – 1 hour 15 mins on the middle shelf. When the cake is nearly cooked, take it out from the oven and cool in tin. The cake will finish cooking in the tin.

It’s recommended that the banana bread is kept for a day before serving, but it never makes it that long in my house. I’d make double quantities as it freezes and keeps well.

US conversion – Oven temperature of 350F. Self raising flour is self rising flour. Bicarbonate of soda is baking soda.

Dairy free – Use dairy free margarine instead of butter.

Nut free – Omit the walnuts.

[Updated 1st March after some excellent feed back from @edinburghcake on Twitter]


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