Baking Banana Bread

Last week my husband hit the jackpot and came home with some overripe bananas that he had found in the supermarket. Normally I freeze these to use in the morning smoothies that I make. Seeing as it is the school vacation, I decided to make a loaf of one of my family’s favourite: banana bread. The recipe comes from the first cookbook I ever bought: Cooking The South African Way by Magdaleen van Wyk.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2014
Banana Bread. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

The ingredients for this recipe are simple: 240g cake flour, 125 g butter, 1 cup sugar (I use 1/3 cup), 4 ripe bananas (I use 5), 2 eggs,1/2/ tsp salt, 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda, 1 1/2 tsp baking powder and 65ml water. Baring the bananas, these things can always be found in my cupboard. The recipe is easy to make and one I used to use often when I did not have a hand-held mixer. I cream the butter and sugar with a fork, then stir in the mashed bananas. Before adding the sifted flour and salt, I beat in the eggs one at a time. The bicarb is dissolved in the water and then added to the mixture before the baking powder. After 45 minutes in an oven heated at 180C/350F, the cake smells heavenly while cooling on the rack.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2014
A slice of banana bread. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

The loaf of banana bread did not last long – for two nights we had a slice with our tea. I enjoyed mine with a bit of butter on it. Yum! A rare treat that my girls want me to repeat soon. 🙂

Do you enjoy eating banana bread?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

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41 thoughts on “Baking Banana Bread

  1. I made banana muffins at the cottage on the BBQ last week. Very similar recipe. I was wondering if you know how many mLs 240g of flour is? I don’t have a scale at the cottage. I also like that you cut the sugar way back.

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    1. I am sure you will enjoy it Michelle. I use less sugar and more banana than the recipe and I have found the result to be a more moist cake and one that is not too sweet.

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  2. That last photo says it all, Colline. Few things taste as good as a warm slice of banana bread slathered with butter. You’ve got me thinking. It’s about time I made myself some banana bread. 🙂

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  3. That looks so good (especially with the butter on it!). It’s been a long time since I’ve had banana bread. I do like it. I may have to treat myself to some, too. It’s easy enough to make. Thank you for the reminder. 🙂

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