I think I spend around £200 a year to watch bananas go brown. I always buy them. Every single week. My husband only eats them if they are fully green. The eldest, who used to eat a banana a day, apparently hates them now. The youngest often communicates a desperate need for a banana, only to eat a couple of bites and not want it anymore. Or my personal favourite; ask me to “zip it back up again” and behave like the world is ending when I calmly explain that I can’t.
Every week, without fail we had a pile of spotty bananas left. Husband regards these as if they are avocados (he really hates avocados) and we just don’t eat them. I hate waste (so you might think I’d stop bloody buying bananas) so I make banana bread.
I have tried and tested multiple recipes over time and have come a cropper with a very fragrant loaf due to too much vanilla and a slightly chewy loaf because I used ‘cups’ and the cup was obviously too big in comparison to the bananas.
So I have, through trial and error, worked out my own recipe which, I am reliably informed by my children, my friends and even my boss, is amazing!
Preparation: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 75 – 90 minutes
- 250g plain flour
- 250g caster suger
- 100g butter
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 4 very ripe bananas
- 2 large eggs
- 50g milk chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 175 degrees C / gas mark 4
- Get three mixing bowls ready.
- In one, cream the butter and sugar together.
- In another, mash the bananas, add the eggs and mix well.
- In the third, sift the flour and the baking powder.
- Add the drier mixtures into the banana/egg combo and mix well together to create a batter.
- Stir in the chocolate chips.
- Pour into a greased loaf tin and place into the oven on the middle shelf.
- Check loaf regularly from 60 minutes. If a knife comes out clean it is ready. This time taken to bake through will depend on how big and how ripe the bananas were as they add more moisture depending on ripeness.
- Once a knife/toothpick/skewer/whatever you use comes out clean, remove from the oven, leave to cool, remove from the tin and enjoy!