Gonna get real on banana bread today lads.
If you want to skip my rambling the recipe is towards the end. xo
Banana bread is one of those things that can be made a load of different ways, and pretty much everyone claims that their recipe is ‘THE Best’. Some people call for 3 bananas, some 2, others claim that you shouldn’t use certain flours or raising agents. You could nearly argue that its nearly as divisive as marmite or how best to poach an egg.
On a side tangent, I’ve also noticed recently is the effort my instagram discover is going to in an attempt to push banana bread on me! In particular ‘healthy’ or non-dairy/gluten/fun/vegan/etc. Now I’m a student, who lives off her tips so I haven’t got the time nor cash dollar to spend on expensive non-refined sugars, egg replacements (except sunflower oil) or other such craic. I don’t want to disregard the people who do, but I think a lot of this instagram cooking and lifestyles is so false and creates this hype of expectation that we should all be eating clean or the likes of that. It touches a fair amount also on healthy baking or guilt free food. This I find a rather touchy subject, dietary allergies and such aside, I think that food should be guilt free. By this I mean that you should be able to eat a full fat donut/ice cream/ sweet treat/ slice of cake without feeling bad or that people will judge you for eating that. Or that you have to earn the food first by ‘being good’ or this sort of thing.
As my good ol’mother would say “everything is fine in moderation’, and I would agree with what she says when it comes to food. Every now and again, a slice of cake won’t do you no harm, and might even be good for you! If I look at this past academic year, I would either bake or eat baked goods that my friend’s had made on a Tuesday while we chilled together and watched T.V or a film for a few hours. This socialising and taking it easy is so important for all of us, especially during stressful or difficult times. Many times we do socialise around food, be it lunch, dinner or a cheeky drink. I think this is important and not something to feel guilty about, its important to give yourself a break and a rest. Its probably easier now that its the summer break fro most of us students but worth saying anyways.
This recipe I’ve tweaked from my brother and mother’s recipes. The main tweaking was in regards to the sugar, which I use a mix of soft light brown sugar and caster, this I find makes a more mellow/caramely sort of taste. If you don’t have any soft light brown than feel free to just use caster. You can also make this recipe with gluten free flour and it works a treat, just use 130g of self-raising GF flour instead. I’d recommend the Doves farm flour. Also if you don’t like cinnamon then just skip it! Also when I feel a bit extra its nice to chop up some dark chocolate, 70%, and pop into the batter
Tuesday Telly Banana Bread – aka TTBB
(100% guilt free)
- 140g sugar- 80g soft light brown/ 60g caster
- 140g Self-raising flour (130g if using GF)
- 1 heaped teaspoon of baking powder
- Cinnamon, about a teaspoon- (up to you on this one!)
- 140g Butter, melted
- 2 Spotty brown bananas
- 2 Eggs beaten
- If you are feeling extra or want your bread to look very insta:
- Sprinkling of oats
- Extra banana
- chocolate- type up to you but I recommend 70% cocoa chopped into bits
Pre-heat your oven to about 170Dc- my oven doesn’t have any temperature gauge but I think its about that sort of temp.
Line or grease + dust with flour a loaf tin and put that to one side, if you’ve space in your kitchen.
Sieve in your flour, cinnamon and baking power to get some air into the flour and to remove any lumps.
Stir in your sugar and again break up any lumps.
In a separate bowl mash your two bananas and then mix the eggs into those bananas, stir briefly.
Pour eggy-banana combo into the dry ingredient bowl and mix, then add the butter.
Mix till all ingredients are all combined and its not too lumpy then pour into your tin.
If you want to be a bit more fancy or have a spare banana, slice it length-ways and lay the 2 slices cut side up on top of your batter, then sprinkle over a few oats.
Pop into your oven for about 45min, but check after this with a skewer or clean knife. If it comes out clean, then pull that baby out otherwise leave it in for another wee while (10 min or so) and check after that. If your banana bread goes too brown and still isn’t quite cooked put some tinfoil over the top of the bread and it stops the top from burning. Sort of like putting suncream on a ginger.
So thats it folks. Its super nice if served warm, with friends and a cuppa but honestly it is good at any time really; warm, hot or cold with people or just on your own with Netflix.