Wednesday, 16 January 2008

A day of cleaning

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I’ve had a bunch of bananas lying about for days now that really needed eating. So, today after I did my kitchen spring clean, which involved emptying out all the cupboards, fridge and pantry and washing them inside and out before re-organising them, I decided to quickly make a banana bread.

The problem was that my favourite recipe calls for two eggs and I only had one left in the fridge, so I went looking for a recipe that used only one. I finally found one and combined it with my usual recipe, to come up with this.

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I hope you’ll like it as much as we did! It came as a nice treat after all those hours spend going through cupboards and cleaning stuff. I found quite a few things that I had forgotten about and of course those things you pick up on travels and at special markets that you are just fascinated by and have to buy even though you really have no idea what you’re gonna do with them. Well, they are at the front of my cupboard now and I’m planning to use them over the next couple of months before they go off.

I only had to chuck out some rather soggy wheat-a-bix, some black treacle and nori, as well as getting rid off some never used storage containers and salt & pepper shakers. Usually, I’m embarrassed to say, my once a year clear out unearths more things that have gone beyond saving.

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Nutty Banana Bread

1 ½ cups of flour
¾ cups of sugar
75gr shortening, softened
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp cinnamon
1 egg
3 very ripe bananas
1/3 cup roughly chopped toasted walnuts

Preheat your oven to 180C/Gas 4/375F.

In a large bowl mash your bananas.

Add all other ingredients except from the walnuts and mix using a wooden spoon.

Add the toasted walnuts and mix into the batter.

Pour into a greased loaf pan and bake in the middle of the oven for 50-60 minutes. It’s done when a wooden skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean.

Note: To toast your walnuts, spread them on a flat baking sheet and place them in the oven for about 5 minutes.



3 comments:

Amanda at Little Foodies said...

You can't beat a good banana bread and you definitely need a treat after spring / winter cleaning.

Marie said...

You just can't beat a good banana bread! (or a good cleanout!)

Brilynn said...

I've been wanting to make banana bread for ages now, but I keep eating my bananas before they get to a stage that's good for the bread, argh!