If there is one bake that was the symbol of lockdown, that crown should go to Banana Bread.
Everyone around the world – or at the very least the UK – has been baking like a mad person, and could we simply ignore this food staple? No, ma’am.
We jumped on the bandwagon and baked, of course, baked all the banana bread we could ever make. With Nutella, with homemade dulce de leche – we tried them all.
- 3 eggs
- 130g dark brown sugar
- 130g caster sugar
- 85g vegetable oil
- 85g salted butter
- 270g overripe mushy bananas
- 13g baking powder
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 120g chocolate chips
- 120g peanut butter chips
- Preheat the oven to 165°C and grease a loaf pan and line with baking paper - we usually do two smaller tins.
- Beat the eggs and both sugars in a bowl of a standing mixer on medium for 5 minutes, until they are thick and fluffy.
- Melt the butter, then add the oil and slowly add to the eggs and sugars as they keep on whisking until everything is incorporated.
- Now fold in the mushy bananas and both the chocolate chips and peanut butter chips.
- Sift the flour and cinnamon and fold in, with movements from bottom to top until everything is incorporated.
- Transfer to the pan and decorate with half a banana and some extra chocolate chips and peanut butter chips for good measure.
- Bake for 50 minutes, or until a skewer inserted comes out clean. Let it cool down slightly before moving from the pan to avoid collapsing.
This will hold for a few days - if it even gets to survive the night! - in an airtight container at room temperature.
This banana bread though it’s quite versatile, if you may: we have previously topped it with Nutella – a strong favourite – with salted caramel straight from France (it was absolutely insane) and even with homemade dulce de leche. Very much endless possibilities, if you ask us.
It also keeps well for a few days – not that we ever cover it, because it never lasts that much.
We didn’t use to enjoy banana bread, but that was because we never tried a really good one. You won’t regret this one ever, I promise.
We love baking with music – we highly recommend that for the sake of a fun session. Cristina and I are very much into terrible songs, or BTS’ whole discography – because yes – while Fred is more likely to put on headphones and get on with stuff.
Do you like baking with music on? Do you have a favourite playlist you usually put on? Or are you the silent kind – aka very much focused on measurements and ingredients going in smoothly?
We have more sweet recipes just here – and if you ever make something you see here, please tag us in your pictures on any social (we are pretty much everywhere!) and we’d be utterly in love with you forever.