Whilst Banana Bread isn’t technically a meal, it can be a great substitute for breakfast and it’s a great way to use up those pesky banana’s sitting on your bench top. I know you started out with great intentions the residents of the household will either eat them or make them into a smoothie, only to find that after a week and a half, they are still sitting on the benchtop in full view, going blacker day by day?
If so, I feel your pain!
But before you reach for the bin, consider your options! I mean, yes the outside isn’t so pretty, but the inside is still in great nick, although softening, but they are now fully developed and are super sweet and most importantly still usable. To me, older bananas make the best Banana Bread and with only a few household staples required, you now have a snack or kids lunch for the next week!
My favourite way to eat Banana Bread – is to warm it slightly in a sandwich press if you have one, or place it in the oven for a couple of minutes, then smother it with fresh butter and grab a cuppa. This has been my breakfast for a few mornings as well!
- 1 cup plain flour
- 1/2 cup self-raising flour
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 125 grams unsalted butter melted
- 2 eggs whisked
- 4 over-ripe lady finger bananas
Preheat your oven to 180C / 360F and grease a loaf tin. The measurements of mine are: 21.5cm length (from inside ends) x 11cm wide x 5.5cm deep.
In a large mixing bowl, sift the plain flour and the self-raising flour. Add the sugar and cinnamon. Stir to combine.
Whisk the butter and eggs together and add to the dry ingredients (in step 1).
Add your peeled bananas to a bowl and using the back of a fork, mash until smooth and the mix resembles something of baby food. Then add to the large mixing bowl. Stir well to ensure that everything is combined.
Pour into your greased loaf pan and bake for 45-55 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre (in a few different places) comes out clean.
Once baked, remove from the oven and leave in the pan for 10 minutes before turning out on to a wire rack. Serve warm with butter.