Banana bread

Banana bread


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About this recipe: This moist, wholesome loaf makes a high-energy breakfast or tea time choice.

Brenda Houghton

Serves: 8 

  • 4 teaspoons dried yeast, or 2 sachets easy-blend yeast
  • 60 g (2¼ oz) caster sugar or soft light brown sugar
  • 150 g (5½ oz) wholemeal flour
  • 150 g (5½ oz) strong white flour
  • 1½ teaspoons ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 4 ripe bananas
  • 1 whole egg plus 1 egg white, beaten together
  • Vegetable oil for greasing
  • To serve: fruit preserve or low-fat soft cheese, optional

Prep:3hr45min  ›  Cook:40min  ›  Ready in:4hr25min 

  1. If using dried yeast, dissolve 1 teaspoon of the sugar in 75 ml (2½ fl oz) of lukewarm water, then sprinkle in the dried yeast and set aside for 15 minutes, or until it is frothy. If using easy-blend yeast, add it directly to the flour.
  2. Sift the two flours, allspice, cinnamon and remaining sugar into a large bowl, adding any bran left in the sieve. Mash the bananas into a smooth paste, then stir them into the spiced flour with the egg and egg white. Pour the yeast mixture, or 75 ml (2½ fl oz) of lukewarm water if using easy-blend yeast, into the centre. Stir to form a dough, adding a little extra flour if the mixture is too wet.
  3. Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 5 minutes, or until smooth.
  4. Grease a bowl with a little oil and roll the dough around so that it is lightly coated with oil. Loosely cover the bowl with cling film and leave the dough to rise in a warm place for 2 hours, or until it has doubled in size. Meanwhile, lightly grease a loaf tin measuring about 19 × 12 × 9 cm (7½ × 4½ × 3½ in) and set aside.
  5. Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured surface. Punch it down, knead for 1-2 minutes, then roll it into shape and place it in the tin. Cover it loosely with cling film and leave to rise for 45 minutes, or until it reaches the top of the tin. Heat the oven to 200°C (400°F, gas mark 6).
  6. Bake the bread for 40 minutes, or until brown on top and a skewer comes out clean. Stand the tin on a wire rack for 20 minutes before turning the loaf out. Serve it spread with your choice of topping.

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