As the fan pushed the scent of over-ripe bananas past my nose, I could only think of one thing: fresh banana bread. In my pantry was a tub of the most beautiful pure unprocessed honey from Bartholomews Meadery in Denmark, Western Australia, so I added their honey in too. The “Wandoo” variety imparted a little bit of butterscotch flavouring to the banana bread. This is another super easy cake made in just one bowl.

Makes: 8-12 slices        Difficulty: Easy

EQUIPMENT:

·      1 medium loaf tin (21 x 11 x 6cm)

·      Stand mixer / electric mixer

·      Spatula

·      Kitchen Timer

·      Oven thermometer

·      Kitchen scales

·      Wire rack

INGREDIENTS:

·      125g Unsalted Butter, softened to room temperature

·      200g Self Raising Flour, sifted

·      2 large ripe Bananas, mashed to a pulp

·      2 large Eggs, lightly beaten

·      70g Brown Sugar

·      3 tablespoons of quality Honey

·      1 pinch of Salt

·      1 teaspoon Cinnamon Powder

·      ½ teaspoon ground Nutmeg

METHOD:

  • Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius (160 fan forced; 350 F). Line the bottom of the tin with baking paper. Grease the sides with non-stick spray.
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer beat the brown sugar and soft butter until the mixture is pale thick and creamy.
  • With the beaters on medium speed slowly add the eggs until they’re mixed through.
  • Stir in the sifted flour, banana, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and honey.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared loaf tin. Check the oven is at the correct temperature. Set your kitchen timer for 30 minutes. The cake is done when a skewer in the middle comes out clean and the top springs back lightly when touched. If the cake isn’t ready yet, set the timer for another 5 minutes and check again. Repeat until baked. Cooking time is 30-40 minutes.
  • Allow the loaf to cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack.

Recipe adapted from the Nyamutin Farm Cookbook

TIPS:

  • Can serve warm or cold. Banana bread is great with butter.
  • Individual bread slices can be wrapped in plastic wrap and stored in the freezer for up to 2 months.
  • Or store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.