banana bread

I understand that baking can be intimidating.

In reality though, baking is really simple. Like most things, there are rules that you have to follow if you want to bake something that is edible. But the rules are basic and it is just a matter of learning them.

If you are a beginning baker, or you have never baked before, but would like to have a go at it, this is the perfect recipe for you.

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There is no need to buy a mixer or any fancy equipment. All you need are a large bowl, a hand whisk and measuring spoons or a weighing scale. I mean, it really cannot get any simpler than that.

Don’t get me wrong – simple does not mean a dry, tasteless cake. This banana bread is so moist, and so fragrant you will never buy a banana bread from the store again once you have tasted it.

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This recipe is so easy to put together, when I first posted this recipe, my then 3.5-year-old boy was able to help me and we had some fun spending some time together in the kitchen.

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Start by mashing the bananas and placing them in a mixing bowl together with the egg, melted butter and milk. Stir to combine.

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Sift the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, salt and nutmeg, before adding the sugar to the flour mixture.

Fold the flour-sugar mixture was into the egg-butter-milk-banana mixture in 3 parts.

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If you are adding raisins, sultanas or chocolate chips, do so at this stage and quickly stir them into the batter.

Pour the batter was then into a lined and greased baking tin. If you are adding nuts, scatter them on top of the batter.

Bake the bread at 175°C for 50-55 minutes.

When it emerges from the oven, be prepared to do a dance of happiness. It will be a gorgeous looking loaf of bread!

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Cool the bread in the tin for about 15 minutes before transferring it to a cooling rack to cool completely.

Once cool, slice the banana bread, and give yourself a pat on the back for a job well done.

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A moist, light and tender banana bread dotted with specks of banana.

Tuck in. You deserve every delicious morsel. After all, it was HARD WORK baking this. ;)

Banana Bread
Serves 8
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Ingredients
  1. 1 egg
  2. 3 cups mashed banana
  3. 120g butter, melted
  4. ¼ cup (60ml) whole milk, room temperature
  5. 1½ cups (187.5g) plain flour
  6. ¾ cup (150g) caster sugar
  7. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  8. 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  9. ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg (optional)
  10. ½ teaspoon salt
  11. 1 cup (152g) chocolate chips (optional)
  12. ½ cup (50g) chopped walnuts or almond flakes (optional)
  13. ½ cup (50g) raisins or sultanas (optional)
Instructions
  1. Start by mashing the bananas and placing them in a mixing bowl together with the egg, melted butter and milk. Stir to combine.
  2. Sift the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, salt and nutmeg, before adding the sugar to the flour mixture.
  3. Fold the flour-sugar mixture was into the egg-butter-milk-banana mixture in 3 parts.
  4. If you are adding raisins, sultanas or chocolate chips, do so at this stage and quickly stir them into the batter.
  5. Pour the batter was then into a lined and greased baking tin. If you are adding nuts, scatter them on top of the batter.
  6. Bake the bread at 175°C for 50-55 minutes.
  7. Cool the bread in the tin for about 15 minutes before transferring it to a cooling rack to cool completely.
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