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I have always been fond of banana bread, but have always been under the impression of its more of a cake than bread. It has often raised discussion (sometimes heated) amongst the catering community. In retrospect all cakes are a form of bread, and such ill have to go along with it. The smell of banana bread when cooking / cooling has been known to drive people to distraction - and i used to use this to my advantage. I would have a small amount prepared to cool down in the restaurant and bar area, and people would buy it in droves. Heres the recipe i used to use, i promise that you will love it. Its food that will make you smile, again and again.
You will need:
1 Loaf tin greased and lined with silicone
250gk of self raising flour
1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
1/4 teaspoon of bicard of soda
100g of butter softened
18g caster sugar
250g kilo of banana, peeled and crushed
The doing bit:
Sieve flour, bicarb and baking powder
Cream together butter and sugar until white
Add the eggs one by one and with each egg add a little flour
Add the banana
Fold in the flour mix
Place in the loaf tin, sprinkle the top with Demerara sugar
Bake in a moderate oven (about 180C) until when pierced with a inkef, the blade comes out clean.
Allow to cool and devour. Its a rather beautiful thing warm.