My original recipe inspiration comes from a fantastic Family Circle Kids' Cookbook I was given for Xmas when I was around 13. A lot of my baking & desserts originate from this book, because they are quick & easy to make AND they are simple but delicious tastes... but with most of them I've "pimped" them to suit my tastes, or more adult flavours or just because I like messing around with recipes to see what I can concoct!
What's in it...
- 100g butter
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup SR white flour*
- 1 cup SR wholemeal flour*
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 cup sultanas (optional)
- 2 ripe bananas, mashed
*note: I have successfully substituted gluten free flour in this recipe, it still works fabulously
- Preheat oven to 180C.
- Grease & flour a small loaf tin, or line with baking paper.
- Melt the butter in microwave safe mixing bowl.
- Add sugar, vanilla & egg, beating well with a wooden spoon until smooth.
- Sift in flours, don't stir yet.
- Add milk, mashed banana & sultanas, stir until just combined.
- Spread evenly in tin & bake for 35-40 minutes or until cooked through & golden on top.
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I have adapted this from the original recipe over the years, mainly adding sultanas or other fruit/nuts, reducing the sugar by 1/2, and substituting 1/2 the flour for wholemeal. Sometimes I will use honey instead of sugar, depending on my mood - the amount of honey I use also depends on my mood & whether I have added sultanas (which increase the sweetness).
I have also recently become a fan of baking cakes in loaf tins, it makes cutting up & storing slices a lot easier than round tins. It's also a lot easier to cut a 'small slither' than it is to cut a small wedge.