February 7, 2012

Simple and delicious: Banana bread

It's been really cold (I mean frosty! -10°C and less) for at least a week I guess and somehow this weather always makes me feel like baking something. This time I tried out a recipe by Sophie Dahl. It's featured in her book 'Miss Dahl's Volouptous Delights' which is an incredible cook book with lots of lovely recipes.
This is what the book page looks like (Note: German writing for sure)

 Here's what you'll need:
• 3-4 (very) ripe bananas
• 200g of brown sugar (or 150g of white sugar)
• 170g of all-purpose flour (or any other flour that you have)
• 75g of soft butter, roughly chopped
• 1 teaspoon of baking soda
• 1 packet of vanilla sugar (or 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract)
• 1 pinch of salt
• 1 egg

1.) Put the butter and the bananas into a large bowl and mash them together.
Sorry, this picture just won't do what I want it to! 
2.) Add the egg, the sugar and the vanilla sugar/vanilla extract and use a whisk to mix everything together .

3.) Sift the flour through a sieve and mix the batter until it's fully combined.

Your end result should look like this. If the batter is too thick, just add a little bit of milk.

4.) Preheat your oven to 180°C.

5.) Grease a loaf pan. Mine is quite short, but the brims are higher so that the batter will have a bread form rather than a cake form. I additionnally spread breadcrumbs in the pan because it helps to get the bread out of the pan.

6.) Put the batter into your prepared form and clean up any blobs you might have created.

Let your bread bake for 55-60 minutes. Use a wooden stick to check if it's fully baked before actually taking the bread out of the oven.

Here's the finished bread:

Tips for serving: I like to eat slices of this with some butter for breakfast, but it would also taste very delicious with a cup of tea in the afternoon. 

Nathalie x

Disclaimer: All rights of this recipe belong to Sophie Dahl and the publishing houses.

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