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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Banana bread with nuts (American)

The Banana bread is a classic American treat ever since the large-scale use of baking soda. And it's also the most common way to get rid of overripe bananas. 

Ideal for breakfast or with tea, hot cocoa and so on. Not very sweet but with a very strong banana flavor, occasionally crunchy from the nuts, chewy and fun. 
Quite a basic recipe, quick to fix and deliciously addictive if you like bananas. Also a great comfort food for when you're feeling carbs-deprived or want to make everyone else around you sniff the air greedily etc :)
We're kind'of enthusiastic about it, especially given that we found something that is easy to make and stocks well for 2-3 days, easy to wrap up and take with you as lunch box etc - so we've quite solved the "office snack" problem. 

Ingredients (makes 1 small loaf of bread, for bigger it's easy to just double the quantities):
  • 100 g wholemeal flour
  • 125 g plain flour
  • 100 g sugar
  • 70 g butter
  • 5 bananas
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 75 g sunflower kernels, nuts and almonds
  • a dash of salt

Preheat the oven at 180 degrees Celsius or gas 4.
Put all the ingredients except nut mix (sunflower kernels included) in a mixing bowl:

Mix into a paste. Grease a bread tin with a little butter:

Add the nut mix to the batter:

Incorporate the nuts gently with a spoon, then pour everything in the bread tin:

Put in the oven and bake for 50 minutes. Take out of the oven and out of the tin and allow to cool:

Slice and dig in!

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