Banana bread is one of my favourite baked goods. If it’s a nice one that is! Sometimes they can be so dry and flavourless. But I assure you, not this one! It’s just the right moistness, heavy enough to be filling and oh so flavourful. Walnuts add a little crunch and if eaten while still warm, the crust has a lovely crunch too. Delicious! The final bonus is that you can mix the whole thing using just one bowl.
Banana bread also reminds me of our trip to Australia for my brother’s wedding. I didn’t know that banana bread was such a big thing in Aus. Thick slices of toasted banana bread are very common in coffee shops there, but I’m sorry, none came close to a good homemade loaf!
Banana Bread Recipe
1 cup sugar
120g butter, softened
2 cups flour
3 ripe bananas
1/4 cup water
1&1/2 tsp bicarb
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup walnuts, chopped
- Preheat oven to 180°C.
- Cream together sugar and butter, until light.
- Add bananas and beat until fully mashed. (If the bananas are not ripe and soft, it is better to mash them before adding to the creamed mixture)
- Beat in eggs, one at a time.
- Fold in flour.
- Mix water and bicarb and add to the batter.
- Fold in baking powder and walnuts.
- Spoon into a greased loaf tin and bake for 50 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.
- Serve warm (although it will be more crumbly) or store it in an airtight container once cooled.
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