How to make this delicious Banana Loaf
2 ripe bananas
175g (6oz) butter or margarine
175g (6oz) caster sugar
225g (8oz) self raising flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 banana for decoration (optional) I tend not to decorate with sliced banana.
Preheat the oven to 180 C/350 F/Gas 4
Peel the bananas then crush with a fork, Beat together the butter or margarine and sugar then add the eggs alternately with the flour and baking powder. Fold in the crushed banana, vanilla essence and cinnamon.
Pour the mixture into a greased 450g (1lb) loaf tin, and top if liked with long thin slices of banana. Bake in the preheated oven for about 40 mins, in my oven it seems to take just over an hour but do keeping checking to make sure it is cooked in the middle. when cooked cool slightly then turn on to a wire tray to cool.
This recipe is from a book called The Dinner Lady, I love to make this quiet regular as my son loves to take it to school in his packed lunch plus it goes well with a nice cuppa.