Sometimes, and in spite of our best efforts, bananas just go manky, don’t they? Come into a warm room and you can spot a manky spotty brown banana at 20 paces. I found four skulking in the corner today, just screaming out to be made into Banana bread. Some form of torture ensued as I am on a low carb diet. Would I be able to resist it if I made it? Would I eat it all but be unable to erase the smell of baking banana bread, so that when David came in and his nose twitched I could not deny the baking of it? Nor the consumption of it?
Well I am pretty proud of myself because it has been out of the oven for two hours now and I haven’t touched it. Not even sneaked a little bit. So I think I am past the tipping point and might be into recovery!
This simple recipe was retrieved from the back of a brown paper bag in the mid 1970s. The place was Croydon market. Wonder if it is still there, opposite Davey Place? Doubt it.
I use an electric hand whisk for this because I don’t own a Kitchen Aid, nor a Kenwood Chef. I used to have a KC which my mum bought me for my 21st but I didnt realise the value of it, nor its potential longevity and I sold it for £20 in the mid 80’s when I was broke. If anyone is thinking of buying me a present, I would prefer to replace the KC rather than have a KA.
Beat together 125g butter with 200g golden caster sugar, two eggs, a teaspoon of vanilla extract, 200g wholewheat plain flour, 1.5 tsp baking powder. Then fold in four mashed bananas and 125g broken up walnuts.
Pour into a lined tin and bake at 150C for about 50 minutes. I tried mine in the microwave combination oven today and it worked a treat. Another little triumph for the environment!
On a generous day I would serve it just warm, with a thick slab of butter on it. On a bad day I would do the same but eat it in a locked room so no-one could see. On a virtuous day like today I SHALL NOT TOUCH IT!