Some cakes are for pure indulgence purposes, but others can help you use up any ingredients drifting around the kitchen. Banana bread ticks both these boxes very nicely indeed. We all know the health benefits of bananas with their slow release of energy to pick you up mid morning, but I imagine a lot of us buy bunches and then have a few left over that are abandoned once they start to go a bit brown. Ok, they might not be quite as appetising as they once were, but they are perfect for something - banana bread! Make this on a regular basis to use up those languishing in the fridge, and it can make a great after school treat or snack for any time of day!
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To make this yummy snack, you will need:
175g plain flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon of mixed sweet spice
125g unsalted butter, melted
2 large eggs
3-4 very ripe bananas, depending on size, mashed up
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 loaf tin, buttered and lined with grease proof paper.
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Making banana bread is super easy! Here's everything you'll need to do:
Heat your oven to 170 degrees centigrade, or gas mark 3. In one bowl, sieve the flour, baking powder, bicarb, mixed spice and salt and then combine together. In a slightly larger bowl, put the melted butter and sugar and mix together thoroughly. Beat in the eggs and then add the mashed banana and vanilla extract. Gradually stir in the flour mixture and then spoon into the loaf tin. Bake for about an hour, and test with a skewer to see if it's ready - poke it in the middle of the cake and it should come out clean when done.
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By Anna Scott, 22nd July 2013