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Cinnamon Banana Loaf

Updated: Mar 9

A simple banana loaf with cinnamon, ginger and nuts

Yes, yes, yes! Almost everyone has their own (and much-preferred) banana loaf recipe. However for those who don't have such a thing, and fancy a simple way of making a tasty spiced banana loaf for their cup of tea - here it is.


The moistness, or (if you hate the word 'moist') wetness of the bread is easily altered by the number of bananas.

INGREDIENTS

175g caster sugar

100g butter

2 eggs

almond extract - if you have it/want it - it's not compulsory

3 ripe bananas - or 4 if you like it moist

ground cinnamon - a goodly amount

ground ginger - a goodly amount

chopped hazelnuts - or walnuts - or whatever takes your fancy

225g self-raising flour

1 tsp baking powder, or about 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda. You can replace baking powder in a recipe with about 1/3 to 1/3 bicarb. Or reverse that, depending on which you have in the kitchen

flour & butter for the baking tin

Watch the video


METHOD

  • Heat the oven to 180ºC

  • Put the sugar and butter in a bowl and cream the together - a fork is a good way of doing this

  • Add the eggs and beat the whole lot together

  • If you're using almond extract, or vanilla essence, now is the time to add that

  • Add 2 bananas (three if you want it wet) and mash them in

  • Add the cinnamon and ginger, mix through

  • Add the flour and the baking powder/bicarbonate of soda

  • Mix it all together

  • Add the chopped nuts - the size of the pieces depends on whether you like big bits of nut in your loaf

  • Smear a baking tin with butter, then sprinkle flour into it and shake around so the flour sticks to the butter

  • Pour the mix into the baking tin and bake for 1 hour

  • Leave it in the tin for about 10 minutes, then tip out and set on a wire rack to cool


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