Banana bread is such a great way to use up older bananas. Neither of my sons will eat a banana once it even thinks about showing some black on the skin so we definitely need a recipe to use up those bananas. Sometimes I add them to my smoothies but when they are too ripe for that banana bread is the perfect treat.
In my original recipe I added walnuts but now I add chocolate chips instead as neither of my sons like walnuts.
I melt the butter in my recipe and this makes for an easy mix with no need for a food mixer. I’ve tried creaming the butter and sugar in a traditional way but haven’t noticed any difference in the baked bread so I’m sticking with the melted butter method.
Over time I have reduced the amount of sugar in this recipe from 150g to 100g without any difference in taste. Obviously you can experiment and find the right sugar quantities for you.
You will need to let the bread cool down for a number of hours before you try to slice it as otherwise it will crumble too much. This is easier said than done though.
- 250 g Self Raising Flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 110 g Butter
- 100 g Sugar
- 2 Eggs
- 60 ml Milk
- 3-4 Medium Bananas very ripe
- 50 gm Chopped Walnuts or Chocolate Chips
- Preheat the oven to 170°C/325°F/Gas 3.
- Lightly grease and base line a 900g/2lb loaf tin.
- Melt the butter in the microwave
- Combine the butter and sugar and mix well
- Beat the eggs, add to the bowl and mix well until mixture is smooth
- Add the milk and mix well
- Mash the bananas into the mixture and mix well
- Sieve the flour and baking powder and gently stir into the mixture until it is just combined
- Fold in the chopped walnuts or chocolate chips
- Transfer to the prepared tin and bake in a central oven position for about 50 minutes until well risen and a knife gently pressed into the bread comes out clean. You can cover it with tinfoil after 25 minutes to stop it browning too much on top if needed
- Allow to rest in tin for about 10 minutes then turn onto a wire tray to cool.
- When cold, wrap in greaseproof paper and tinfoil.