Quick and Easy Banana Loaf Recipe

I hate food wastage, even though we put left over food or food that Quick and Easy Banana Cake Loaf Recipe by Butterfly Crafts Handmade Emporiumhas gone bad into our garden waste bin or our compost heap, I still hate spending money on food that is wasted.

We eat quite a few bananas in our house but they don’t always keep long and I wont eat them if they are “too bananay” (husband cant understand that concept) so I have been whipping up a couple of banana loaves recently.

I made one for the husband to take to visit his family and apparently it was devoured in about 15mins flat, that’s a new record for one of my cakes!

This loaf is really simple to make and you could probably make it out of ingredients you already have.

You will need:
5oz margarine
5oz granulated sugar
6oz self raising flour
1 egg – beaten
2 or 3 over ripe bananas (2 large or 3 small)
1tsp cinnamon
1tsp vanilla essence
1tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp bicarb

This is what you have to do:

  1. Preheat your oven to 180c/Gas 4, line a loaf tin with greaseproof paper
  2. Peel the bananas and chop small into a small bowl. With the back of a fork give them a really good mash until they go gloopy and not too many lumps,
  3. With an electric mixer, in a large bowl, cream the margarine and sugar together well until light and fluffy, it will take about 3 or 4 minutes, then add in the beaten egg and mix well
  4. Sift in the flour and mix it well, then add the bicarb, baking powder, cinnamon and finally the vanilla essence. Again mix really well.
  5. Add the banana gloop into the cake batter and mix well
  6. Transfer the cake mixture into the loaf tin and try and smooth over the top with the back of a spoon or a spatula
  7. Pop in the oven and cook for about 40-45 minutes, testing with a cake tester or knife until it comes out clean. If after about 30/35 mins you notice the top browning over you can put some tinfoil over the top of the cake.
  8. Once cooked, leave in the tin for about 10 minutes and wrap the cake in foil and leave to cool on a cool rack.
  9. Eat and enjoy with a cup of tea!

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