When I first moved to Ireland, I lived in shared accommodation with five other people, four dogs and a cat. I affectionately call it “the crazy house” now but at the time there was very little affection for it. There was just a little too much craziness for my liking. One aspect of this house was that there was no rubbish bins. Any food scraps had to be thrown over the fence into the neighbouring park. I hate littering. So when the time came that I had several very over ripe bananas, I had to come up with a solution other than throwing them over the fence. This recipe is it! I had no mixer, which is fine because this recipe just needs a large mixing bowl and a fork to combine it all together. Happy days! Makes about 10 slices.
- 3 very ripe bananas, peeled (can use 2 bananas if that’s all you have, add a teaspoon of ginger powder to give it a bit more oomph in the flavour department)
- 1/3 cup melted butter
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten
- 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
- Pinch of salt
- 3/4 cup sugar (I find this the perfect amount of sweetness but you can add more or less)
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups plain flour
- Preheat the oven to 180°C (160°C for fan forced), and grease a loaf tin or, better yet, use a silicon loaf tin and forget the greasing.
- In a large mixing bowl, mash the bananas with a fork until smooth.
- Add in melted butter to the mashed bananas and stir.
- Add the beaten egg and stir.
- Add the bicarb of soda with the salt and stir.
- Add the sugar and vanilla extract, stir.
- Add the flour a little at a time and stir to combine.
- Pour the batter into the silicon loaf tin. Bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour. Using a skewer, check to see if fully cooked- insert the skewer into the centre of the bread and if it comes out clean, it’s done.
- Take the silicon loaf tin out from the oven. Remove the banana bread from the tin, be sure to run a knife along the edges beforehand. Cool on a wire rack. Slice, serve and enjoy.
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