Surely my favourite, most used recipe book can’t be wrong??

We had a surfeit of bananas, buying some more before we finished the ones we already had. No problem,, banana tea bread! I took out my little recipe book and found the recipe… I read it through and looked at it bemused… I do make a lot of cakes and there was something which didn’t seem right… for 1 pound of ripe bananas, 8 oz self-raising flour, baking powder, 3 oz butter, 2 eggs… and then 6 oz sugar – 6 – six – SIX – Really, did they mean that? With all those sweet bananas? Good heavens!!

This is what I actually did:

  • 1 pound of ripe bananas, mashed
  • 8 oz self-raising flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ oz salt
  • 3 oz butter
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 4 oz brown sugar
  • 4 oz walnuts (or nuts of your choice – I used sunflower seeds and linseeds)
  1. cream butter and sugar
  2. mix in eggs and flour (with baking powder and salt)| alternately
  3. stir in bananas and mix real well
  4. pour into a loaf tin and cook for about 1¼ hours at gas mark 4, 180º C, 360º F

I suppose instruction 5 should be ‘leave to cool’… husband and son couldn’t wait and had it warm with cream as pudding! I think I could have used 3 oz of sugar instead and definitely cooked it for another quarter of an hour, possibly lowering the temperature slightly.

Even so, it tastes jolly good!



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