Bangin’ Banana and Apple Loaf
I’ll be the first to admit that I’m no Nigella Lawson.
Sure, there are some parallels (I’m talking about us both being brunettes…of course!), however when it comes to culinary prowess, I’m usually a little less sexy, english gourmet, and a little more The Katering Show.
Sometimes, though, things just work. I don’t make magic in the kitchen as often as I’d like to, so when I do, I get pretty excited.
I’d been meaning for some time now to add another recipe to my blog. I ran across a problem when I realised that most of my really good dishes, the ones that make me (and more importantly my husband) drool, are made up on the spot. I take a recipe, add a few things, take out a few others, and then, miraculously, a masterpiece is made. I can’t explain it, and I definitely don’t have the foresight to get out my camera and position my ingredients, equipment and go through the process just right when it’s happening.
But I’ve been studying procedural texts with my kids, cramming goals, methods, and evaluations into their brains until they know it back to front, and I thought to myself – surely, Emma, it’s time to get your act together, pull your finger out, and teach people how to make something yummy.
I’m going to be throwing a high-tea for charity in a couple of months, and I decided – what better time to get practicing with my baking? People who know me know that I’m not much of a sweet tooth, so finding something that wasn’t going to make me go into a sugar coma was my first step. I had a few very sorry looking bananas begging to be put out of their misery, so I did what any benevolent kitchen master would do, and decided to make a banana loaf.
I searched through half a dozen banana loaf recipes until I found something a cooking noob like me could do without too much drama. And, sticking to my routine, I took out some stuff, added some stuff – and luckily, I was pleased with the results. Most recipes suggest walnuts to compliment the banana, but as I’m allergic I opted for apple instead – feel free to chuck out the apple and add the little itchy-throat inducers if you wish! I don’t claim to be a fantastic recipe blogger (I think the lack of recipes on my blog will attest to that), and my pictures may leave a lot to be desired (the problem with baking/photographing as the sun sets), but I can promise that you will find this simple, humble recipe easy to follow, and more importantly, delicious.
Bangin’ Banana and Apple Loaf
For when the nights are cold, and you want something a little bit naughty and a little bit nice.
2/3 cup brown sugar
2 cups self-raising wholemeal flour (better for you!)
1 tsp cinnamon
2 x eggs
125 ml milk
50 g melted butter/olive oil
1 tsp vanilla essence
2 x over-ripe bananas
1-2 small apples
Oil/butter for greasing
1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Grease an 11 x 21cm loaf pan (or similar) with oil or butter, and line the base and two opposite sides with baking paper, allowing it to overhang.
2. Sift flour and cinnamon into a large mixing bowl. My little sieve may look time consuming, but all the cool kids know that time and care are what make a recipe great! Stir through the sugar and make a well in the centre. Make sure you get those cheeky clumps of brown sugar nice and broken up.
3. Mash up your banana, and peel and finely dice your apples. I ended up only using 1 apple as I didn’t want the loaf to be too chunky. Combine your fruit, eggs, milk, butter/oil, and vanilla essence in a separate bowl. Stir well.
4. Add the wet mixture into the flour mixture, and stir until just combined. You don’t want your loaf to be too dense as this will stop it rising to maximum levels! Try to refrain from licking the spoon…for now at least.
5. Pour your mixture into the prepared pan and smooth the surface. Place into the oven for 50 – 60 minutes, or until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean. Let that baby sit for 5 minutes or so.
6. Turn onto a wire rack and, depending on how you like it, let it cool – or slice it up and try not to burn your mouth as you eat it!
Enjoy with a cup of tea, an episode of Suits, and try to communicate to your friends and family that you baked the whole thing for yourself.
There you have it! That wasn’t so hard now, was it? I’m thinking something savoury next…hm?