This month for the Secret Recipe Club I felt like making something sweet, well not too sweet, something that would be good for a snack but not too unhealthy. After all, it is the new year and a time for making at least some effort towards a heathy lifestyle. Banana bread of course has bananas in and so can’t be bad. Also, it’s called bread, not cake, and so although some people (not me) might think bread is not the healthiest thing to eat, I’m sure most would agree that it is healthier than cake. Never mind that banana bread is in fact cake and should really be called cake. That’s an argument for another day.
Anyway, this month for the Secret Recipe Club I was paired with Shelley from C Mom Cook. Shelley is a stay at home mum and loves cooking with and for her two children. She added blueberries to this banana bread, which I’m sure were delicious. I planned to add some chocolate chips but then decided to leave it plain and it was still very tasty. I don’t have a very sweet tooth and I thought it was perfect. My husband would have prefered it to be a bit sweeter. I’m sure adding the chocolate chips would have made it perfect for him.
60g butter, at room temperature
1/2 tsp vanilla essence
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tbsp Greek yoghurt
1 banana, mashed with a fork
How to Make Banana Bread
1. Put the butter and sugar in a bowl and cream together with a wooden spoon. Then add the egg, vanilla and yoghurt and stir until you get a smooth batter.
2. Sift the flour, salt, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda into another bowl.
3. Add about a third of the flour and a third of the banana to the butter and sugar mixture. Mix until just combined. Then add another third and finally the last third.
4. Line a loaf tin (9″ x 5″) or cake tin with baking parchment. Pour in the cake batter and bake in the oven for 25 minutes or longer if necessary at 180C. My cake tin was larger than it should have been, which is why my banana bread is a bit flatter than yours will probably be.
5. Cool on a wire rack.