Banana bread

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I love banana bread and the boy has never had it before, since it normally comes with a very large amount of nuts baked in. It's been on my to-do list for ages. I was recently watching Masterchef Australia, and saw Matt Preston making what he called a "cheat's banana bread" - it looked perfect!

So here's his banana bread recipe, for all you poor souls that don't watch Masterchef AU. :D

I'm a big fan of this one because it's sweet but not overly so, and it stays nice and moist even after an hour of cooking. The sugar and bananas give it a nice crisp crust too.
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Step 1: Ingredients:

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  • 3 very ripe bananas - the blacker, the better!
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 3/4 cup flour
  • 125 g butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch of salt
You can also add sweet spices to this - cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, whatever! Nuts are another great addition - 1/2 cup of walnuts or pecans would be amazing.

Step 2: Cream the butter and sugar

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Cream the butter and sugar together until it's well combined and has turned a light yellow color.

Step 3: Add the eggs and bananas

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Crack the eggs into the butter and sugar and then add the three bananas. Mine weren't super soft, so I cut them into slices to speed up the process.

Mix this until the bananas have broken down quite a bit. I like to leave some chunks in, but it's best for the next step if it's mostly smooth.

Step 4: Mix in the flour

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Combine the flour, baking powder and salt. 

Use a spatula or wooden spoon (no more hand mixer!) to mix the flour into the batter. Keep going until there are no dry spots left.

Step 5: Bake!

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Pour the batter into a greased loaf pan and bake at 180 C/350 F for 50-60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

Pop it out of the pan and let it cool on a wire rack until it's only slightly warm to the touch - if you cut it when it's super hot it will fall apart.
jlepack made it!4 months ago
It looked so good I had to make one myself! I added some cinnamon. My house smells so good right now! lol!
rickdf5 months ago

Very good. Thanks!

rickdf5 months ago

Very good. Thanks!

Just made this for breakfast. Perfect! Thanks...

jsimscha1 year ago
trying this now and the batter was delicious, though I used 2 cups flour. I can't wait to see the finished product, will update.
makendo1 year ago
Nice recipe & great photos. This looks a lot like the banana cake recipe from the Edmonds cookbook (a NZ, and possibly Oz, standard). We chuck old bananas in the freezer and haul them out when we've got enough to make 2 loaves, good way of making sure of never wasting overripe bananas!
Brian0891 year ago
So where Do I Put the baking Soda
jessyratfink (author)  Brian0891 year ago
Whoops! Mix the baking soda, salt and flour together. Forgot that part. :)

Then you add that mix into the wet ingredients.
GarthBock2 years ago
My grandmother used to mix some extra butter and brown sugar and sprinkle it on top for a kind of like an apple crisp topping. Not sure how she did this but it made a kind of sweet crust.
connor22052 years ago
Is it possible to add chocolate in the middlr
connor22052 years ago
That looks amazing I am going to make it right now I am a massive fan
Looks delicious! Glad to know I'm not the only one who enjoys banana bread sans nuts!
jcanche2 years ago
125 g butter how much is that on cups and is it one teaspoon of baking power of 1/2?
jessyratfink (author)  jcanche2 years ago
It will be 1/2 cup + one tablespoon. :) And one teaspoon of baking soda.
M.C. Langer2 years ago
Awesome and delicious!!!! :-)
That looks sooo good :). Thanks Jessy
hunter9992 years ago
ummmmm! Now that looks good!
antoniraj2 years ago
nice... can we do it without the eggs..?
jessyratfink (author)  antoniraj2 years ago
Most likely. It seems like a pretty forgiving recipe - I bet you use applesauce or flax feed as an egg replacer! Might just need to add more baking soda. :)
thank you... will try without the eggs...