I don’t bake all that often, and when I do I have a handful of recipes that I am really comfortable with. One of them is my banana loaf which has never failed me and always goes down well with the kids. Well, as it’s so reliable, I thought I would try something a little different and throw some walnuts into the mix, creating a banana and walnut loaf recipe.
I’ll be honest, I just guessed an amount and added them into the original recipe whilst crossing my fingers that it would work. And it did! There are a couple of points to bear in mind when adding in walnuts but I’ll get to that in a moment. Here’s what you’ll need and the recipe:
6oz (170g) self-raising flour
5oz (140g) margarine
5oz (140g) sugar
3oz (85g) chopped walnuts
1 large egg
2 over-ripe bananas
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 tsp baking powder
Preheat your oven to 180°C and line a loaf tin with greaseproof paper.
Mix the margarine and the sugar together until smooth, then add in the egg and stir.
Sift in the flour, and add the baking powder, vanilla essence and cinnamon. Stir it all together.
In another bowl, chop the bananas and then mash them to a gooey mess with a fork. Add them into the mixture and stir in.
Chop your walnuts into small pieces and then coat them with flour. This is to stop them all sinking to the bottom of the cake whilst it bakes. Then add them into the mixture and stir through until evenly spread.
Pop the mixture into the ready-lined tin and into the pre-heated oven, middle shelf. Bake for 45 minutes.
And you’re done. So easy to make this one and it turned out beautifully.
If you give it a go, do let me know!
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