Bananas about baking…

There’s nothing more sad than forgotten fruit, especially when it means you’ve constitued it for a share size Dairy Milk…or maybe that’s just me? Either way, we’re here to help by sharing some of the delicious bakes you can create with your leftover goodies. This month, BANANAS!

NEW RECIPE: Banana breakfast loaf

Ingredients:

  • 100g unsalted butter, at room temp
  • 175g golden caster sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 225g self raising flour, sifted
  • 2 large ripened bananas
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 2tbsp milk (if needed to losen the mixture)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 50g crushed walnuts
  • Handful of rolled oats
  • Handful of pumpkin seeds

Method: 

  1. Grease a 20lb loaf tin and preheat the oven to 175 degrees C. Mash the bananas into a bowl with a metal spoon and set aside
  2. Cream together the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy then add the whisked eggs until well  combined, adding a little flour to prevent the eggs from curdling
  3. Add the mashed bananas, sifted flour, baking powder and milk to the egg mixture and beat together until combined. Fold in the crushed walnuts and pour the mixture into the loaf tin
  4. Sprinkle the rolled oats and pumpkin seeds on top of the mixture and place into the oven for 45 minutes or until baked all the way through
  5. Take out of the oven and after 20 minutes, remove the loaf from the tin and place on a wire rack to cool
  6. Serve with honey or marmalade and enjoy!

Banana crunch loaf:


This moist and soft sponge bursting with banana is given a sweeter flavour with a drizzle of icing and a crunch thanks to some banana chips. This might be our favourite! 

Ingredients: 

  • 140g butter, at room temp
  • 140g self raising flour
  • 140g golden caster sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 very ripe bananas
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 40g of icing sugar (for the icing)
  • A handful of dried banana chips (for decoration)

Method: 

  1. Firstly, preheat your oven to 170 degrees C and then grease a 20lb loaf tin
  2. Mash the two ripe bananas with a metal spoon in a bowl and set aside
  3. Mix the butter and sugar together until smooth, then add the eggs one at a time with a little bit of flour and cream together
  4. Add the mashed bananas along with the remaining flour and baking powder and fold into the mixture until well combined
  5. Pour into the baking tin and place in the oven for 40-45 minutes
  6. Once your loaf cake is thoroughly baked through (test by using a sharp knife or cake tester), leave to cool and begin to make your drizzle icing
  7. Simply mix the icing sugar with 2-3 tbsps of hot water until you have a runny mixture. Drizzle over your cake and scatter some crushed and whole banana chips on top…hey presto!


Cinnamon and Oat muffins:

 

These are perfect for breakfast or a quick treat to keep hunger at bay come 11am. The cinnamon really compliments the banana and you’re left with a moist sponge complete with a slight crunch thanks to the oats. We recommend whipping up a batch or the office! 

Ingredients:

  • 250g plain flour
  • 100g golden caster sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 175ml milk
  • 2 very ripe bananas
  • 1tsp of cinnamon
  • 1tsp of baking powder
  • 75g butter at room temp
  • 50g rolled oats

Method: 

  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C and place cases within a 12 hole muffin tray
  2. Begin by mashing the bananas with a metal spoon in a bowl and set aside. Cream together the sugar and butter in a mixing bowl until light and fluffy
  3. Beat together the egg and milk and place into the mixing bowl with a bit of flour. Stir until combined
  4. Sift the flour, cinnamon and baking powder into the bowl along with the mashed banana and fold into the rest of the mixture
  5. Once the mixture is combined, but still a bit lumpy, place into the 12 cupcake or muffin cases and cover the top with the rolled oats
  6. Place in the oven and bake for 20-25 mins or until thoroughly baked through…ta da!  

Banana surprise muffins

You won’t be disappointed by this  recipe, especially as it combines two of the most complimentary food pairings…chocolate and banana! 

Ingredients:

  • 250g plain flour
  • 100g golden caster sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 175ml milk
  • 2 very ripe bananas
  • 1tsp of baking powder
  • 75g butter at room temp
  • 75g of Nutella at room temp

Method: 

  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C and fill a 12 hole muffin tray with cases
  2. Mash the two bananas with a metal spoon into a bowl and set aside. Then, cream together the sugar and butter until light and fluffy
  3. Beat together the egg and milk and place into the mixing bowl with a bit of flour. Stir until combined
  4. Sift the flour and baking powder into the bowl along with the mashed banana and fold into the rest of the mixture
  5. Once combined, but still a bit lumpy, place the mixture into each of the muffin cases until 1/2 full then add a spoonful of nutella on top. Place another spoonful of the banana cake mixture on top to cover the nutella and place into the over for 20-25 minutes or until thoroughly baked. Yum!

N.B. Next time, why not melt the nutella and swirl into each individual muffin before baking to create the following effect      

There’s more to come, but for now, enjoy!

Nic x

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