Brilliant Banana Bread!


Not going to beat around the bush here - I LOVE CAKE. It's not ideal when you're trying to be a new person and eat super healthy but it's an addiction that just will not go away no matter how hard I fight it. My favourite of them all? Banana bread! Just can't get 
enough...
I've taken on a new little project at work and every week I'm planning on spending an afternoon getting busy baking in the kitchen! So to start with I thought why not start with a little slice of heaven...

  • Ingredients: (serves 6-8)
  • 285g plain flour (NOT self-raising like in my very accurate photo...)
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda/ baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 110g unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing if baking without baking paper
  • 2 free-range eggs
  • 3-4 ripe bananas
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Couple of handfuls of flaked almonds for filling topping (optional)
  • Non-Stick baking paper to fit tin
  • Medium loaf tin


1. Preheat your oven to Gas Mark 5/or around 180 degrees celsius

2. In a small bowl, peel your bananas and break into small pieces. Using a fork, mash into a pulp and leave to one side.

3. In a large mixing bowl, cream together your butter and caster sugar. And don't worry if it ends up looking like scrambled egg, we can't all be Mary Berry (just maybe take your butter out of the fridge to soften for a few hours before like I should have done)! Add in your mashed banana and mix together to a yummy pulp.


4. In another separate bowl, beat together your eggs using a fork and then add this to the mashed banana mixture.

5. Add your caster sugar and vanilla extract to the whole mixture and then carefully sift in your plain flour using a sieve. Mix this all together carefully, and halfway though mixing, add the salt, baking powder and almonds if you wish. Mix until you are happy with the consistency!

6. If you are using baking paper, cut to the desired size and place inside your loaf tin. If you're just sticking to plain old butter to grease though, pop some on some foil and cover the inside of your baking tin thoroughly.


7. Pour your mixture into your cake tin carefully and level it out using a spoon or a knife. Sprinkle some flaked almonds on the top (optional!) and bob's you're uncle, you're ready to pop it in the oven!

8. Pop your tin in the middle of your preheated oven and leave for around 60 mins, checking occasionally. You want to bring it out when it's golden brown, but to check if it's cooked all the way through just pop a metal rod through the middle and if it's clean, it's done!

9. Leave it to cool for around 20 minutes and then pull the paper out of the tin and off the loaf and you're good to go! Best served with tea or coffee and just one slice will never do...


Let me know what you thought of this post, as I'm keen to do more of the same!
What are your favourite baked treats? What would you like to see next? Let me know in the comments below and as always, don't forget to follow me on Bloglovin' to keep up to date with more of my posts :)

Always, Alice x

4 comments :

  1. This looks good enough to eat! I <3 banana bread

    COOCOO FOR COCO

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  2. Omgosh this is perfect, I'm doing a cooking challenge and next weeks theme is bananas! I HAVE to make this now!! xx

    Jasmin Charlotte | UK Lifestyle Blog

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  3. That looks delicious. I love banana bread.
    Rubi | The Den | http://www.the-den.blogspot.com

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  4. Yum looks delish! Might have to attempt this on the weekend. Great post xoxo

    ExoticKissesz/UK Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle Blog

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