Working in a very sociable office often calls for a little baking for a get together or a leaving do. In the last two months we have held a very British afternoon tea party for a colleague that has sadly decided to return home to the wonderful Peru and a baby shower for a much loved colleague who is ready to pop. This called for some baking, scones are my usual safe bake as my mum thought me to make them when I was about 5 years old but I thought it was time for a bit of a change. This is where Mary Berry’s Banana Bread comes in. I was looking for something simple but yummy and it turns out that this is a winner.
Everything you need:
- 200g self raising flour
- 2 very ripe bananas, mashed
- 175g caster sugar
- 100g unsalted butter, softened
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tsp baking powder
- Two tablespoons of milk
- A mixing bowl
- Electric whisk
- 2lb bread loaf tin
- Grease proof paper to line the tin
What to do:
- Preheat your oven at 180c and butter and line your 2lb loaf tin with your grease proof paper
- Mash the bananas in a separate bowl
- Add all the ingredients together in the mixing bowl and using the electric whisk bring it all together
- Add the mix to the baking tin
- Pop in the oven for 1 hour, I always checked mine 10 – 15 mins before the end just in case it caught on top
- Insert a skewer into the loaf and if it comes out clean it is done
- Leave to cool
- Enjoy with friends!
If you have really ripe bananas but don’t have the time to bake the loaf, pop them in the freezer, and simply remove and allow to defrost when you are ready to bake.
Recipe comes from Mary Berry’s Baking Bible.