I came across this recipe as part of the Tesco "Food Love Stories" advertising campaign. We've tried making a few things from there and some have been a bit hit and miss, but this one was a real winner. However, their recipe goes on to ice the cake and top it with banana chips... I've never been a fan of these, so decided to stick with a plain loaf instead.
Truth be told, this is the best banana bread I've ever had and if anything I think the topping would detract from the bread itself.
- 125g unsalted butter
- 100g caster sugar
- 175g self raising flour
- 2 very ripe bananas (about 300g peeled)
- 2 large eggs
- 100g sultanas
- 1½ teaspoons of vanilla extract
- Preheat the oven to 170℃ (or 150℃ fan).
- Melt the butter and sugar in a saucepan, stirring continuously until the sugar is dissolved. Set to one side and allow to cool slightly.
- On a plate, mash the bananas with a fork.
- Beat the eggs into the butter and sugar mixture (one at a time).
- Mix the mashed bananas into the butter, egg and sugar mixture.
- Add the sultanas and vanilla extract and mix these in as well.
- Slowly add the flour and salt, mixing all the time.
- Pour into a loaf tin and bake for 45 minutes.
In theory you could have this buttered, but it really doesn't need it – the loaf is incredibly moist and is a big treat even on its own. Added bonus – baking this makes your house smell amazing!