Wednesday, 21 August 2013

When life hands you mushy bananas...

... You make banana bread. 

And not just any banana bread...

Banana & Strawberry Loaf

150g Softened butter (plus a little extra melted to grease tin)
2/3 Cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 Vanilla bean
2 Eggs, Lightly whisked
3 Mashed over ripe bananas
2 Cups self raising flour
1 Cup chopped strawberries

Preheat oven to 180C. Brush loaf tin with melted butter to grease. Line base and two opposite sides with baking paper. 

Cream together butter and sugar until fluffy. Slice the vanilla bean down the centre and scrape the seeds into mix using a knife. 

Add eggs and banana into the sugar/butter and mix until somewhat smooth (I like mine slightly chunky, sort of the consistency of porridge)

Sift flour into wet ingredients and stir until combined. Fold in strawberries. 

Pour into prepared loaf tin and bake at 180C for approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean (My oven is really temperamental so it may take less time)

Leave to cool in tin for 5 minutes and then lift onto a wire rack to cool completely. Cut into slices to serve. 

We have one sick little monster here today who absolutely loved this "nana cake". Here's hoping for a bright eyed boy in the morning. 

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