Banana Bread

Lovely Meal

Banana bread just HAS to be made with squishy overripe bananas - if they are still worth eating, they will not mash up well and won't have the same flavour. If you can get the little fig bananas, so much the better.

Makes 1 lb loaf

Preparation Time:  10 Minutes
Cooking Time:  50-55 Minutes

3 medium or 5 small overripe bananas 2 tsp baking powder (not required if using self-raising flour)
4 oz butter, softened  1 tsp vanilla essence
4 oz raisins 1 egg, beaten
4 oz brown sugar A little milk
8 oz flour  

Preheat the oven to 350° F. In a large mixing bowl, mash the bananas, and add the vanilla essence. Add the softened butter, beaten egg and sugar and mix well. Stir in the raisins, followed by the flour and baking powder. If the mixture is too dry, add a little milk to moisten.

Spoon the mixture into a lightly greased 1lb loaf tin and bake in the oven for approximately 50 minutes - if the top is browning too quickly, turn the heat down a bit. The bread will be cooked when a knife stuck in comes out clean.

Remove the bread and leave to cool - that's if the crew can keep their hands off it. Maybe you should make 2 loaves!