I barely ever buy anything for myself in the sales, but seen this cutest little loaf tin and had to buy it.
It was £1.77 or something really similar (like £1.73 – I like to be exact about this kinda stuff 😌) and I had no idea what I was going to make but was super excited about it!
Roll forward, a few days later, and I decided on banana bread – I’ve never made a loaf/bread/anything like that before so picked banana bread mainly cos I loved the only one I’ve ever tried plus I thought it’d be easy.
I used this recipe from Genius –
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 3 bananas, finely crushed (for serious and extreme moist and delicious, try 4 bananas)
- 1 1⁄2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla (optional)
- Remove odd pots and pans from oven.
- Preheat oven to 350º / 180º.
- Cream together butter and sugar.
- Add eggs and crushed bananas.
- Combine well.
- Sift together flour, soda and salt. Add to creamed mixture. Add vanilla.
- Mix just until combined. Do not overmix.
- Pour into greased and floured loaf pan.
- Bake at 350º / 180º for 55 minutes.
- Keeps well, refrigerated.
It’s American, and I’ve figured they tend not to like self-raising flour as they’ll always use plain with baking/other powders for raising when available – I don’t like this. I find the cup measurement to gram thing can sometimes be a little hit-and-miss too.
I also thought I’d do a bit of my own thing (which is always hit and miss – why do I do it?! Lol) and added in an the extra banana figuring the moister the better…this was wrong, like, really wrong! Here’s my mix, so if your’s looks anything like this, maybe change it as mine did not turn out good 😞
I gave the loaf a little extra time – I mean look at that burnt, cracked top (this was after I’d picked off some black bits 😂 – and my loaf was still stodge, you could take a piece in your fingers and turn it back into dough in seconds, it tasted awful, it was just 😖
I’ve read more indepth since, learned lessons (don’t go with extra bananas!), and I will be back to take this on again – using a UK guide. Will update when I’ve found a winner of a recipe!