Two years ago I travelled across the East Coast of Australia, from Sydney up to Cairns. Somedays we’d be driving for up to ten hours, only stopping off at service stations a couple of times, for snacks and toilet breaks. However, no matter where we were in the country, literally in the middle of nowhere, 2 hours from the nearest city, all the rest stops seemed to have one thing in common. They all sold home made, toasted, banana bread. Maybe it was the way they toasted it gently to perfection, or the general hunger and weariness from travelling hours on end, but it’s something I’ve been trying to replicate back in my own London kitchen.
This is probably the closest I’ve been able to get.
Toasting the bread using a panini grill / George Forman, isn’t something I would have thought of doing, but it really works, giving it a warm and slightly crispy exterior whilst producing a slightly soft and gooey inside. Served with a scoop of ice cream, this is the perfect mix of cool and warm.
Usually a fruit bowl with a bunch of over ripe bananas, about to get thrown out, is my sign to make banana bread. However this time I couldn’t wait an extra day for them to ripen so just had to make do with unripe ones – but when you make it try and wait until the bananas are extra ripe!
Let me know how you get on!
- 3 bananas (around 200g) mashed
- 2 eggs
- 260g light brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon bicarbonate soda
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 270g plain flour
- 130g butter (melted)
- (Optional) 1/2 cup walnuts
- Preheat the oven to 180*C and grease a loaf tin
- Mix the eggs and sugar until well incorporated
- In a separate bowl mash the bananas (I used a potato masher) and then add this to the sugar mixture. Mix until incorporated.
- Combine the flour, baking powder, soda, and cinnamon in a separate bowl, and then add to the wet ingredients. Mix until well combined.
- Add the melted butter and continue mixing until everything is well mixed. (Add the walnuts at this point)
- Pour into the loaf tin and bake for 1 hour, or until a cake tester comes out clean.
- Leave to cool before turning out onto a wire rack,
- Before serving, toast the slice for a minute, and serve with ice cream.