Banana and walnut bread. Need I say more?
Two of my favourite ingredients in one cake. It is moist, delicious and not too sweet. Just perfect!
The basic banana bread recipe is quite versatile – you can replace walnuts with pecans, add some raisins or even chocolate chips. Feel free to experiment a bit with the flavours you like and I’m sure you will find your favourite version. This one is mine.
(I was actually thinking to double the recipe next time and make two loafs instead of one. This cake disappears…and disappears fast!)
- 3 very ripe peeled bananas + 1 ripe banana for decoration
- 1/3 cup melted butter
- 1/2 cup of sugar
- 1/2 cup walnuts
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- Pinch of salt
- 1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
- Preheat the oven to 180°C. Grease a 10x20cm loaf pan.
- In a big bowl, mash the ripe bananas with a fork until smooth. Melt the butter and let it cool slightly. Next stir in the melted butter into the mashed bananas.
- Stir in the sugar, beaten egg and vanilla extract. Next add the flour, baking soda, pinch of salt and mix until combined. Finally stir in the walnuts.
- Pour the batter into your prepared bread tin. Cut the remaining banana into slices (lengthways) and arrange gently on top of the cake batter. Bake for about 50 minutes (up to 1 hour 10 minutes) or until a tester inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean.
- Remove from the oven and cool completely on a rack (leave the banana bread in the loaf pan). When cooled remove the banana bread from the pan, slice and serve. Enjoy!