I know I've been quiet the last couple weeks and I'm sorry for that. But its just been nuts. Between testing the ready-made meal business, catering events, attempting a correspondence course online and my actual day job, its all been a bit hectic. So this weekend I decided to take a step back and catch my breath. No. Cooking.
I managed a solid 2 hours of couch potatoeing before I got cold turkey and made a dash for the kitchen. The intermittent weather in Jozi inspired me to bring out an old favourite...My Gogo's banana bread.
3 ripe bananas (the riper the better. Think brown, mushy bruised guys)
1/3 cup melted butter
1 teaspoon baking soda
Pinch of salt
1/2 cup sugar (I don't like using too much sugar in my bread, but this is entirely to your taste preference. If you want your bread to be a bit sweeter, go for 3/4 to a 1 cup)
1 egg (beaten)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons buttermilk
1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
Preheat the oven to 180°C
Grease a loaf pan (I prefer spray and cook, but butter is also great)
Mash the bananas with a fork in a mixing bowl until they are smooth (I like to leave them a little bit textured, again, this is to your taste preference)
Stir the melted butter into the bananas mix
Mix in the baking soda, salt, sugar, egg and vanilla extract
Finally, add the flour until your mixture is blended and smooth
Pour the batter into the loaf pan and bake for 30-40 minutes (all ovens vary, but my gas oven generally requires a minute bake)
To test whether your bread is cooked, insert a skewer or knife into the centre of the bread. If it comes out clean, your bread is cooked!
Leave to cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then remove and serve warm with glorious lashings of butter!
I love to add roughly chopped walnuts to my banana bread. It adds such wonderful texture
Cooking this for your kids or wanting to up the anti? Why not add half a cup of chocolate chips? Your welcome....
This mixture cooks just as nicely for banana cupcakes. To make cupcakes, take your cooking time down to about 20-25 minutes.
I hope you experience the pleasure I get both from cooking and eating my Gogo's banana bread. There's something indescribably special about cooking something that comes from a place of such love. Food does that for me. It grounds me and always takes me back to the special people in my life.