Friday, 17 October 2014

Banana bread baking!

Hello my lovelies!

Recently I have really got into baking and I am absolutely loving experimenting with recipes. On Tuesday I baked a banana bread and photographed the steps so I could share it with you!

  • 140g softened butter (I used unsalted)
  • 140g caster sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 140g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 very ripe bananas (I used 3)
  • 50g icing sugar
  • Dried banana chips for decoration
Before you start with any prep you should pre-heat your oven to gas mark 4/180 C/160 C fan.
 Step 1: Grease your loaf tin with butter around the edges and the bottom.

 Step 2: Cover your tin with greaseproof paper and cut around the edges to make it fit

 Step 3: Put your caster sugar and butter into a bowl together. I find it easier to mix if you cut the butter into chunks first!

 Step 4: Mix these together until the it starts to go fluffy.

 Step 5: Whisk together your two large eggs

 Step 6: Add the eggs into the mixture and whisk this together.

 Step 7: Add your measured self-raising flour to the mixture and whisk this up.

 Step 8: Add your teaspoon of baking powder to the mixture.

 Step 9: Mush your bananas with a fork and add this to the mixture. Whisk up all that is in your mixing bowl until there are no lumps and it is smooth. The original recipe said to use 2 bananas but I used 3 because I wanted a strong taste of banana. If you chose to use 3 like me it will take longer to cook - but it is worth it!

 Step 10: Get your mixture and put it into the loaf tin. Spread it evenly so the whole container is compact. This will help it to rise well.

 Step 11: After around 45 minutes (if you used 3 bananas like me, 30 minutes if you used 2) take your loaf out of the oven and leave it in the tin to cool for 10 minutes.

 Step 12: After the 10 minutes gently remove the loaf out of the tin by picking up the greaseproof paper. Leave this to cool for a further 45 minutes-1 hour.

Step 13: Enjoy your banana bread!

I decided not to add the icing and toppings because I wanted to get the true taste by itself. However, if you did want to do this then get your icing sugar and add 2-3 tsp of water. Mix this up and then drizzle it on top of the loaf. After this you can add as many dried banana chips as you want for decoration!

Please send me any pictures if you attempt to make this - I would love to see what you come up with!

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