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Posted by on Feb 8, 2011 in Life | 10 comments

Going bananas for Banana Bread!

Going bananas for Banana Bread!

So it seems like college was a long time ago, and I’ve forgotten everything I ever knew about video editing…which means the Mammies Xtreme Day Out video will have to wait until the weekend when I have some time to figure it out! In the meantime, if you have any suggestions for a music backing track for the video, let me know!

While you wait for the video, I thought I should finally post my banana bread recipe, which I first mentioned about a week ago. But our Internet hasn’t been reliable enough since then to upload the photos for it. Today is the first time in what seems like forever that the connection has been constant.

My banana bread recipe is really Nigella Lawson’s recipe, tweaked to my tastes!

100g sultanas
75 ml Captain Morgans Spiced Rum (Nigella says: Bourbon or dark rum)
175g plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1/2 tsp salt
125g melted butter (Nigella says: unsalted)
150g sugar
2 large eggs
300g very ripe bananas mashed
60g chopped mixed nuts (Nigella says: walnuts)
1 tsp vanilla extract

On technique, I think the only thing I really vary from Nigella on is the sultanas. I stick them in a cup with the rum, microwave them for 1 minute and then leave them sit until I’m ready to add them. She recommends boiling them in a saucepan and then leaving them soak for an hour. She also recommends draining off the excess rum before adding it to the mixture – that doesn’t happen in my house!

From there on in, I stick to her recommendations. First I sieve the flour, salt, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda together.

Then I beat the melted butter and sugar together.

I add the eggs and beat the mixture well.

Then I mash up the bananas.

And I stir them into the mixture.

Then I add my mixed nuts and sultanas and I pour in a splosh of vanilla extract. Yes that is the technical term.

Finally I add the flour mixture.

And I stir it all slowly together.

Finally I put the whole thing into the oven at 180C for about 90 minutes.

Believe it or not I don’t have a good result photo, because I overdid it this time, but I’m going to blame the oven, which quit working just a couple of days after I baked this banana bread. Clearly it wasn’t regulating the heat properly or something!

So that’s it – Nigella inspired banana bread. Yum yum.

Edited to add this photo, since Jules is insinuating that the only reason I didn’t post it is because we ate the banana bread immediately – not true:

Overdone banana bread - still tasty though!

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  1. Overcooked or eaten too quickly? 😉

  2. Overcooked Jules – see I’ve edited the post to include the photo of the overdone bread!

  3. Mmmmm! Overdone or not it looks lovely! I think I’ll try this at the weekend.
    Thanks! Love the blog!

  4. hahahaaaaaaa, i’d still eat it 😉

  5. Tried this last night, it’s tasty, we didn’t have rum or whiskey so used tia maria 😉 It was done at 75 mins for me

  6. Tia Maria – ooooh! Sounds yummy!

  7. WOW!! I really like procedure images of banana bread. Looking very delicious and can’t wait to taste it ;). Anyways I enjoyed being here. See you soon. 🙂

  8. WOW!! I really like procedure images of banana bread. Looking very delicious and can’t wait to taste it ;). Anyways I enjoyed being here. See you soon. 🙂

  9. Why oh why am I only seeing this now!!!! Yum going to make it as soon as I have the time, thanks for posting. I made the banana ginger bread off the back of the odlums flour packet & it was delish 🙂

    • This is definitely one of my favourite recipes Corrina. Hope you enjoy it. My only complaint about it is that making it always seems to generate a lot of washing up! 


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