Last weekend, with 4 bananas sat in the fruit bowl asking to be used, I was pleased to see this recipe for Banana Fruit Loaf posted by C over at Cakes, Crumbs and Cooking. This is not to say that I don't already have a plethora of banana based recipes stashed away for those 'sat in the fruit bowl and slowly turning to mush' moments but they all just seemed so samey and this did nothing to ignite my interest in heading back into the kitchen. And then along came C's post and I couldn't wait to get going, something different and not too taxing for a weekend of relaxing and with an impressive end result.
Banana Fruit Loaf
75g softened butter
100g light brown soft sugar
2 ripe bananas, mashed
225g self raising flour
1 tsp mixed spice
1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
225g raisins (I came up a bit short in the raisin department so added some sultanas to get the extra weight)
Preheat the oven to 180C. Grease and line a 2lb loaf tin.
Cream the butter until light and fluffy.
Add the honey, eggs and bananas and beat well.
Mix together the flour, spice, bicarb and raisins and fold into banana mixture.
Mix well then bake for 1-1 1/4 hours until a skewer comes out clean.
Makes 1 loaf
Stolen from Cakes, Crumbs and Cooking Blog
You may have noticed I over baked it ever so slightly. Mine only had an hour in the oven, next time I'll give it 40-50 mins I think, I must have on overly hot oven!