So last week in the local greengrocers I got a bargain buy of bananas. A bag of 30 for £1. All perfect and some not quite ripe yet so I thought right how can I use some of these? At the weekend I was in baking mode and of course I had to incorporate bananas somehow so with a little help from Mary Berry I made a gorgeous Banana Loaf Cake. It went down very well and was gone by the end of the day. If you fancy making it yourself here’s the recipe!
100g Softened Butter
175g Caster Sugar
2 Large Eggs
2 Ripe Bananas (mashed)
225g Self Raising Flour
1 tsp. Baking Powder
2 tbsp. Milk
1. Preheat the oven to 180C / Fan 160C / Gas 4.
2. Lightly grease a 2lb loaf tin and line the base and sides with baking parchment
3. Cream together the butter and caster sugar then add all the other ingredients and either mix on medium speed if using a mixer or by hand (as I prefer) until well mixed
4. Spoon the mixture into the tin and level the surface
5. Bake in the pre-heated oven for about 1 hour. Check after 50 mins to see how it’s doing and if the top is getting a little brown cover with foil. Insert a skewer or sharp point of a knife to see if cooked or as I do press gently the middle of the cake, if top bounces back it’s done
6. Leave to cool in the tin for a few minutes, then turn out, peel of the parchment and finish cooling on a wire rack.