It’s festival season again! This year I’m branching out from my usual jaunt to the Big Chill in an attempt to find a smaller, independent festival to switch my allegiances to. The festival of choice for 2011 is Playgroup, which promises fun and frolics in a field with zero arrogance and the added bonus of some woodland animal themed fancy dress…sounds ace!
Now, whilst some people may be sorting out their tent and wellies in preparation for such an event, I’ve been busying myself with making my mouse costume but more importantly, trying to decide what I can bake that will withstand being packed into tupperware and dragged across a field on a trolley 🙂 Last year’s plum traybake with cheesecake ripple withstood the challenge and went down a treat so I’ve got a lot to live up to.
I think I’ve come up with the perfect solution…I recently rediscovered my copy of ‘Miss Dahl’s Voluptuous Delights’ cook book by Sophie Dahl, who I’m quite open about being both horrendously annoyed by and supremely envious of. However, something I can’t begrudge her is that she knows how to make a mean banana bread…
and…it’s soooo easy to make!
75g butter, softened
4 ripe bananas, mashed
200g soft brown sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 pinch of salt
170g plain flour (or spelt or whatever)
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees and grease and line a 2lb/900g loaf tin.
Mix together the mashed banana, butter, sugar, egg and vanilla extract.
Add the bicarbonate of soda and salt and finally the flour.
Pour into the prepared tin and bake in the oven for about 1 hour (I always check after about 45 minutes by sticking a skewer or sharp knife into the centre of the cake…if it comes out clean, it’s ready). When you’re happy that it’s ready remove it from the oven and leave it to cool.
I’ve made other banana breads before but I have to say, this is definitely one of the best. Even better when you follow Sophie’s advice to slice it, toast it and serve it with butter…
I know what I’ll be doing on Thursday night in amongst trying to find my sleeping bag, novelty wigs, waterproof jacket, bin bags and mouse ears…baking a couple of loaves of delicious banana bread…they should at least see us through the journey! 🙂