Frugal Food: Banana Bread




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Banana bread is one of the most simple and delicious cakes around. It doesn't require any outrageous ingredients and is a great way to use up your old bananas instead of throwing them out. 

The ingredients you require are: 

2 overripe bananas
1 and 3/4 cups of self-raising flour
1/4 cup of plain flour
2/3 cup of brown sugar
1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon 
1/2 cup of skim milk
2 eggs
50g of softened butter

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Step 1: Step One

Preheat your oven to 180 degrees celcius. Line a baking tray with baking paper. 

In a large bowl, sift the flours and the cinnamon. 

Add the sugar. 

Make a well in the middle, and add the eggs, milk and butter. 

On a plate, mash the bananas and add to the bowl. Mix until all ingredients are combined. 

Step 2: Step Two

Pour the batter into your cake tin and bake for 40-50 minutes or until the top is golden and a skewer comes out clean when inserted in the middle of the cake. 

Turn out onto a cooling rack and serve once it's cool to touch.

Note: You can also add other ingredients to this recipe such as walnuts, dates or pumpkin seeds if you have them on hand.

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    7 Discussions

    It was a bit crusty on the top but light and moist on the inside. It has more of a soft, 'bready' texture than a cake. Delish!

    I can tell it was very crisp on top, but I was referring to the inside...

    Some recipes make more of a banana cake instead of bread. It shouldn't be really crumbly or too soft, or it falls apart when you try to eat it. Especially when making peanut butter sandwiches.

    Also...spelling error: self-raising flour

    This one wasn't too soft, although it was a little crumbly. I've tried making it again since this post using a dash of olive oil to bind it together a bit better and that seemed to make it less crumbly.

    I've never tried it with peanut butter before, that sounds amazing!

    I can't seem to find the spelling error - is 'self-raising flour' incorrect?

    You can put peanut butter in the batter itself.

    1 and 3/4 cups of self-raising flour

    There's no such thing as self-raising flour. It should say "rising".

    Yum, that sounds great.

    Oh that's interesting. In Australia we call it self-raising flour (at least, that's what they've been printing on the flour packets all this time!).

    Thanks for your feedback!