Apparently I was remiss in my last post about the rotten bananas that landed in my possession. Tanna wondered how many cakes I made, since the recipe I posted only used two. And we all know, two bananas doth not a bunch make. I gathered she wanted to know what fate awaited the other bananas. I could have made a layer cake..but, well, that involves frosting and frippery's shadow. I decided to go elsewhere.
Well...what Tanna wants, Tanna gets...or at least I'll satsify her curiosity. :)
The bunch contained five long, ebony bananas. By the time I got home one had... umm... ruptured--probably from jostling around in the trunk while making those manically fast lane changes on the 401. You know, the kind that usually precedes a conversation that includes "Really officer? I was going *that* fast? Oh my." So that left me with four salvageable fruit.
I could have made a banana-mango layer cake, but that means icing...and, well, frippery...and I wasn't in the mood.
So I made a banana-blueberry banana bread. Like me, what it lacks in height (it doesn't rise all that much) it makes up for in personality (tee hee). It started life as a Nigella recipe, but it's been tweaked over the years. I'm sure it started out taller, but but, you know...This is a standard recipe for me--I'll substitute fruit or decide to use vanilla instead of almond. It makes a very nice breakfast (or second breakfast) munchie.
150g ap/plain flour
1 dspn baking powder
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
a good pinch of vanilla salt
110g butter, melted
50g dark brown sugar
2 medium-largish exceedingly ripe bananas, mashed
200g blueberries (frozen is fine)
1/2 tsp almond extract
Preheat oven to 170C/325F and line a 23cm x13cm/9"x5" loaf tin.
Sieve together the flour, baking powder, bicarb and salt. In a second bowl, mix together the butter, sugar, eggs, bananas and extract. Add the dry ingredients to the wet in thirds, stirring well after each addition. Fold in the blueberries.
Pour into the tin and bake for 60-75 minutes, or until the top is golden and passes the toothpick test.
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