Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Sweet Treats: Comfort Food

Banana Bread

Rachel, Dublin


Considering the state of the weather recently I'm sure I'm not the only person who's been feeling the need of some comfort food.  Luckily inspiration struck me when I passed by the fruit bowl and noticed some bananas looking very sorry for themselves.  I was transported instantly to my childhood with memories of the smell and delicious squidgyness (not sure that's an actual word..) of banana bread fresh from the oven.

After a quick search of the recipe book hoard stash I found what I was after in Clodagh McKenna's Homemade and got to work.

Banana Bread
125g butter
150g light soft brown sugar
2 eggs, beaten
3 very ripe bananas, mashed
250g plain flour
1tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp nutmeg
pinch salt

Loaf tin that has been greased and lined with parchment. Clodagh advises to just line the bottom of the tin but mine stuck quite badly along one side so I'd advise lining the whole thing.

Preheat the oven to 180c (I have a fan oven so I set it to 160c).

Beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.

Add the beaten egg bit by bit making sure it is well whisked in after each addition.  When all the egg is added, stir in the banana.  My mixture looked disgusting and curdled at this point but I persevered.

Sift all the dry ingredients together and then fold them gently into the wet ingredients until only just combined

Pour in to the lined tin and bake for 40 mins (the recipe states 50-60 mins, mine was almost overdone at 40).  You can test if it's done by inserting a skewer in the middle.  If it comes out clean you're done!

Turn out of the tin and leave on a wire rack to cool or for as long as you can resist the smell before cutting yourself a giant slice.


  1. I have had the pleasure of testing this - absolutely delicious!

  2. I can so taste this toasted with an inch of real butter on top!! Oh please drop some over to me!! Pretty please????

  3. Mmm, I haven't even tried it with butter on top yet, it's too good just by itself, but you've just given me a great idea for my mid morning snack tomorrow!

  4. Oh, and swap you for a caramel slice!!

  5. Did you toast it with butter?

  6. I never did get around to trying it with butter, it really was just too good by itself! Ah well, that just gives me an excuse to make another loaf!