Easy banana bread
Time: 30 minutes plus 60 minutes baking
We make a nice easy banana bread quite regularly – anytime we have bananas needing used up really. It’s a great one to make with kids, as there are lots of fun steps for them to get involved in. My two enjoy mashing (and eating) the bananas in particular!
This one was a new one for us, as I just got a new Paul Hollywood cookbook and I was surprised at how light and moist it was. It uses walnuts which are obviously optional. If you don’t want to use the nuts you could simply omit them and enjoy the delicious banana flavour, or try adding some raisins and tsp of cinnamon or ginger (similar to this recipe which might still be my favourite!)
3 or 4 bananas
250g caster sugar
125g unsalted butter, softened
2 eggs (medium)
250g plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
120g walnut pieces
Heat your oven to 190C and line a 1kg loaf tin with baking paper
Mix the bananas and sugar
Get your little ones to peel and mash the bananas using a fork. This job is easy enough for any eager little chef to help and one which my two really enjoy!
Weigh the sugar into a small bowl and then add to a free standing mixer if you have one or a large mixing bowl.
Mix the bananas and sugar together using your paddle attachment (or an electric hand mixer) until the mixture because light and fluffy.
Add the butter and eggs
Measure the butter and get your child to chop it into small pieces. If it’s not soft give it a blast in the microwave for 5-10 seconds to make it easier to mix.
Add it to your mixer and cream everything together until it is well combined.
Add the eggs one at a time, mixing in between each addition. I normally get the kids to break them into a separate bowl first to make it easier to remove any stray egg shell.
Add the flour and walnuts
Get your toddler to measure the flour out into a small bowl. Sieve it into the large mixing bowl along with the baking powder. We didn’t use the sieve because I find it makes too much mess but if you have neater or older children you can try it to make your loaf even lighter.
Fold the flour into the mixture until it is nicely combined.
Add the walnuts and give it one last mix.
Bake your banana bread
Spoon or pour your mixture into your prepared loaf tin and spread it out evenly.
Bake in the oven for 50-60 minutes. Check it after 40 minutes to make sure the top isn’t burning. You know it is ready when a sharp knife or skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean. We had to put it back in a few times before it was ready but just keep doing an extra 5 minutes if you are not sure.
Remove the banana bread from the tin and cool on a wire rack.