Banana bread

I know, I know, why the big deal about banana bread? There are thousands of recipes out there.

Well, that’s the reason. Thousands of them and I can’t remember which one of them was the one I used last time and really liked.

This one is adapted from Smitten Kitchen’s jacked up banana bread and it is terrific.

  • 3 ripe bananas, smashed
  • 75 grams melted salted butter
  • 190 grams brown sugar (this much sugar makes it more cake like than bread, next time I might dial  it down a bit)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon spiced rum (apparently this is optional and Deb suggests bourbon. I used Sailor Jerry, because there was no bourbon in our house and I could not bring myself to use the single malts in banana bread)
  • 1 teaspoon bicarb soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon (Deb uses only 1 teaspoon but I love cinnamon)
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg (again more than Deb )
  • Pinch of ground cloves (I forgot to use this, but I will next time. I love all the spices)
  • 190 grams plain flour
  1. Preheat the oven to 170°C.
  2. With a wooden spoon, mix melted butter into the mashed bananas in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Mix in the sugar, egg, vanilla and rum.
  4. Sift the flour with the spices, salt and bicarb soda , then  mix into the wet ingredients
  5. Pour mixture into a buttered 10 x 23 cm loaf pan.
  6. Bake for 50 minutes to one hour, or until a tester comes out clean.

Delicious. Not sure how long it keeps. This loaf was all gone within 2 days.

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7 Responses to Banana bread

  1. Karey says:

    I’ve lost my favourite banana bread recipe. It had chunks of dates soaked in orange juice (reduce sugar to taste), chunky banana pieces instead of mashed, and chopped walnuts.
    You end up with yummy bites of baked banana and squishy date pieces. I’ve hacked my sourdough version to include these, but not as yummy as the version my friend wrote down for me 😥

  2. Karey says:

    😂😍

  3. Karey says:

    And chunky bananas – they add less liquid to recipe than mashed, soaked dates balance it out

  4. M-C says:

    If you like this one, you owe it to yourself to try the one you smother in toffee sauce at the end, also from Deb. We’ve taken to getting extra bananas so they can be left too long…

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