Super Duper Banana Loaf

I love bananas – banana yoghurt, banana ice-cream, banoffee pie, banana cupcakes…and now banana loaf!

My Mum makes lots of loaves, my favourite being a raspberry loaf straight out the oven! Tonight, I decided to try the banana loaf that my Mum had made, and here it is:

I love this recipe for its easiness.  You can eat the loaf warm once it’s out of the oven, or you can let it cool before drizzling it with a glacé icing, or some variant like a pineapple flavoured icing.

Recipe

(Source: BBC Good Food Magazine, July 2012, Page 70, ‘Brilliant banana loaf’ by Lucy Macgregor.  Online Version.)

140g/50z butter, softened, plus extra for greasing

140g/5oz caster sugar

2 large eggs, beaten

140g/5oz self-raising flour

1tsp baking powder

2 ripe bananas, mashed

50g/2oz icing sugar

Handful dried banana pieces

1) Preheat oven to 180C/160C Fan/ Gas 4. Grease and line a 2lb loaf tin.

2) Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, then gradually add eggs and some of the flour.  Fold in the rest of the flour, baking powder and mashed bananas.  Pour into tin and bake for 30 mins (mine’s took slightly longer) until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean.  Cool in the tin for ten minutes before moving to a wire rack.

3) Mix icing sugar with gradual small additions of water to make a glacé icing.  Drizzle over cooled cake and sprinkle over banana chips.

I really love this recipe, and recommend that you try it if, like me, you like bananas in sweet cakes and deserts!  Also, like I suggested, if you enjoy this recipe and want to make it again, you should try it with a pineapple icing drizzle – it tastes delicious!

Sam’s Opinion: Sam doesn’t really like banana, however he does love a little corner of this loaf, especially with a bit of icing on the side!

Eve x

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