Recipe: Banana Bread with Walnuts
This week saw the end of the much-loved programme the Great British Bake Off, as well as the announcement that the BBC will be shipping its sweet success to new American shores. However, there is nothing to say our passion for baking has to stop there. I made this loaf yesterday as I had some bananas I wanted to use up, and in this case, extra ripe bananas are your best bet. I have tried quite a few banana bread recipes in my time but this one is the brainchild of Paul Hollywood (the Bake Off’s very own silver fox). It’s an extremely simple recipe and one loaf will share out nicely among friends or provide you with good snack and packed lunch material for at least a week.
- 3 large or 4 medium ripe bananas, roughly mashed
- 250g caster sugar (cheaper white sugar is also fine)
- 125g unsalted butter
- 2 medium eggs
- 250g plain flour
- 2tsp baking powder
- 120g walnut pieces (or as few or as many as you want!)
1. Heat your oven to 190◦C or gas mark 5 and grease a 1kg loaf tin.
2. Cream the bananas and sugar together with a whisk or mixer until fluffy
3. Add the butter and beat until evenly combined.
4. Beat in the eggs one at a time, adding a spoonful of flour with each.
5. Sift in the remaining flour and baking powder, then carefully fold in.
6. Fold in the walnut pieces.
7. Spoon the mixture into the loaf tin and bake for 40 minutes until golden brown.