I love bananas. They are just so versatile. Not to mention its a great source of energy. I made this banana bread from a recipe that I found in the Woman's Day Valentines issue. It's moist and delicious. Its also a lot cheaper than buying a slice of banana bread at the local cafe for $4.00 or more.
The recipe has sour cream, which I think brings out the flavour of the bananas even more. I also added some crushed walnuts to add a bit of crunch.
Recipe from the Woman's Day
125 grams butter
3/4 cups brown sugar (firmly packed)
2 eggs (lightly beaten)
1 1/2 cups self raising flour
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1 cup very ripe mashed bananas (approximately 2 large bananas)
3/4 cup sour cream
1 tablespoon milk
1/2 cup crushed walnuts (this is optional)
1. Preheat the oven to 180c. Lightly grease a 10x20cm loaf pan. Line the base and sides with baking paper.
2. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
3. Sift flour and bicarb together. Fold the mashed banana, sour cream and 3/4 cup of the flour into the creamed mixture. Lightly fold in remaining flour and milk until it is well combined. (if you are using walnuts, it is best to mix the nuts in at this point. Leave some aside to sprinkle on top of the banana bread)
4. Pour into the prepared pan and bake for 55 to 60 minutes or until golden brown.
The banana bread is great sliced thick and toasted with some butter. This was a hit at work so I will be making this again soon.