Best banana bread
Photo by Jason Oxenham
This recipe is adapted from Nigella Lawson's How To Be a Domestic Goddess. The best bananas for baking are when they're so ripe they've turned black. If freezing them, make sure you remove the skin first. I mash mine slightly before freezing in snaplock bags.
- Put the sultanas and brandy in a small saucepan and gently bring to the boil. Remove from the heat and set aside until most of the liquid is soaked up.
- Preheat oven to 170C. Grease and line a loaf tin with baking paper. Put the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl and combine well with a whisk.
- Next, brown the butter. This adds a slightly caramelised flavour. Take the butter and melt in a small saucepan. Give it a good swirl as it starts to turn golden. Remove from the heat as soon as you see small flecks of brown appear.
- Pour butter into a large bowl, and add the sugar. Beat until blended, then beat in the eggs one at a time. Add the mashed bananas, walnuts, brandy sultanas and the vanilla. Mix together well.
- Add the flour mixture one-third at a time, mixing in well with a wooden spoon. Make sure the flour mixture is fully incorporated before adding the next third.
- Pour the mixture into your loaf tin and bake in the middle of the oven for just over an hour. Keep an eye on it - it will be ready when it's golden brown on top and a skewer comes out reasonably clean. Leave in the tin to cool.
- Serve warm with icecream or cream for dessert. Serve lightly toasted with yoghurt and fruit and honey/maple syrup for breakfast. Or just enjoy slathered in butter.
Also try Delaney's nostalgic passionfruit and vanilla melting moments