Banana Craisin Bread

banana craisin bread

It’s been a little bit warm around here, shocking considering it’s August.  I joke but only a little bit as one of the things I miss most about living in Massachusetts is a properly hot summer and well, living in Manchester you don’t really get hot weather.  

I picked up some bananas the other day and they ripened quicker than I expected so there was only one thing to do, make banana bread.  My history with banana bread has been hit and miss so I thought I’d try mixing things up and try my own flour blend.  I used a mix of superfine flour and wholemeal and hoped that it would turn out light and fluffy.   banana craisin bread 5

It turned out exactly as I hoped it would except I’m not sure I can call it a bread. It’s too light for that so I’ll have to rename it to banana craisin… loaf? cake? 

Banana Craisin Loaf
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
1 hr 10 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
1 hr 10 min
Ingredients
  1. 125g wholemeal flour
  2. 155g superfine flour
  3. 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  4. 1/4 tsp salt
  5. 2 smashed bananas
  6. 60mls milk
  7. 185g soft brown sugar
  8. 125g butter, at room temperature
  9. 2 eggs
  10. 1tsp vanilla
  11. 80g craisins
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 180c
  2. Butter 2 mini loaf pans
  3. In a small bowl combine the wholemeal flour, superfine cake flour, bicarbonate of soda and salt. Set aside.
  4. In a bowl whisk the smashed bananas and milk. Set aside.
  5. In a mixer cream the soft brown sugar and the butter until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each. Add banana mixture and then add the flour mixture slowly until just mixed and add craisins.
  6. Divide the mixture into the two buttered loaf pans. Bake until they're golden brown and the loaf springs back at the touch, around 35 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes, then finish cooling onto a rack.
Notes
  1. I covered the loaves after about 20 minutes to prevent the cake from burning.
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The loaf really was light and fluffy and not at all a heavy ‘bread’ and was simply delicious served warm with a smear of butter and a hot cup of coffee.

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