Banana bread is probably the most popular recipes to find online today! However, to make it perfect every time is a real challenge! This recipe was elaborated with the right techniques and simple ingredients to make it a success every time!
2 completely ripe bananas – mashed
150g slightly salted butter
140g caster sugar
2 large eggs – beaten
140g self-rising flour
1 tsp of baking powder
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 55 minutes
Do not overmix batter to keep the quality of the batter.
Step 1: Set-up
Pre-heat your oven to 160°C/180°C fan/gas 4. With a basting brush evenly butter the loaf tin and sprinkle flour to cover the entirety of the tin interior. – it should be an extreme thin layer - this is for an optimal release of the loaf from the tin.
Step 2: Preparation
Place softened butter and sugar into a large mixing bowl. Mix, using hand mixer or stand mixer on medium speed for 1-2 minutes, or until butter mixture is pale yellow, light, and fluffy. Use a silicone spatula to scrape the sides of the bowl once or twice while mixing.
Slowly combine 2 beaten large eggs and gradually incorporate the flour. We recommend using a sieve for the flour to avoid lump formation. Add the baking powder and the 2 mashed bananas.
Gently fold the mixture to obtain a homogenous result. Do not overmix it could affect the integrity of the batter.
Step 3: Cooking
Pour the batter into the loaf tin and insert it in the middle rack of the oven to bake for approximately 50 minutes.
To check if the bread is cooked, insert a skewer into the centre, if the skewer comes out clean - or with just a crumb or two sticking to the skewer - it's ready.
Remove the bread from the oven and let it cool on a rack. The rack will allow the air to circulate and avoid the bottom to get soggy. The cooling process will help get a firm structure and makes for cleaner slices.
Step 4: Serving Suggestions
Banana bread can be served warm or cold, for breakfast, snack, or dessert. Complimented with rich topping it will impress any foodie!