Next up for the great oven celebration was some banana bread. I got a recipe from the BBC Food Website, and tweaked it a little. Apart from being really easy, and quite delicious, it's a great way of using up those guilt-inducing overripe bananas which everyone seems to have in their fruit bowls.
275 g self-raising flour
1/2 tsp salt
110 g margarine
225 g caster sugar
4 ripe bananas, mashed
75 ml milk
1.5 tsps lemon juice
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp ground cinnamon
50 g raisins
- Set the oven to 180oC, and line and grease two loaf tins (20 cm x 10 cm)
- Sift the flour into a bowl and add the salt.
- In a separate bowl, cream together the margarine and sugar.
- Add the bananas, milk, eggs, lemon juice, vanilla extract, cinnamon and raisins to the margarine and sugar mixture, and mix well.
- Fold the flour into the resulting batter.
- Pour the mixture into the loaf tins, making sure there is a centimetre of space at the top, and bake in the preheated oven for 50 minutes until golden.
- Allow the bread to cool in the tins for 5 minutes before transferring to a rack.