Going Brown Bananas

How long has it been since one could afford to make a loaf of Banana Bread? Until last week at $12 a kilo our one banana each a day habit did not allow those babies to ripen enough to bake. On our last visit to the aptly titled Golden Banana, Lady Moss did a snatch and grab of two bags of beautifully succulent nanis at $1.23 A KILO! Even The king is tired of eating them which leaves me with a lovely bowlful to cover with butter, sugar and all things gooey.

Out of the millions of recipes floating on La Net I use this one as it is easily for littles to assist with, uses few ingredients and not too many of those healthy ones. It leaves Lady Moss dreadfully sad to think that somewhere out there a munchkin one is sitting down to a slice devoid of all sugar. Tragedy. What has the world come to?

Grab yourself a bored Little and set them to work mashing while you grab your other ingredients which should all be store cupboard basics. You could certainly exchange them for healthier versions i.e. self raising flour for wholemeal and I promise not to judge.

Combine the following into a large cream patterned mixing bowl available at Peppergreen Antiques should you be lucky enough to receive one for your birthday which may conveniently be in two weeks time. Otherwise a simple stainless steel vessel will do. For now.

2 ½ cups sifted self raising flour

¾ cups brown sugar

1 cup milk

40 grams softened butter

1 teaspoon vanilla essence

3 overripe and going brown bananas heavily mashed by a Little and rescued before they become dog stew

Grease a loaf tin and plop in your amalgamated mixture. I like to sprinkle raw sugar over the top which will caramelise the top to a crunchy golden crust.

Slide the lot into a preheated 180 degree C oven for 35 – 40 minutes. Test with a skewer to ensure the insides are cooked but still moist.

Allow to cool for an instant before slicing with an electric knife if you have one. The more succulent your slice the harder it is to get a clean cut. Devour at once with butter and a cup of milk at the craft table.

Note: Lady Moss is sure the lovley man at Rozelle Markets would accept $50 for the bowl spied last weekend. Just in case you were interested.


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