If you like banana bread, this is a fantastic recipe. I must admit I am not a great Jamie Oliver follower when it comes to his take on Italian food, but I do trust him for the rest. I had already tried and fallen for his brownies a little while ago and this recipe was just as good. The bread is moist and soft, sweet but not too sweet and the walnuts add some crunch and a great nutty flavour. Besides, the vanilla and cinnamon hints in it are the perfect complement to any sweet bread. This makes for a great breakfast or a healthy afternoon snack. My kids like to eat their slice of walnut banana bread with a glass of milk and I think it is a great idea… though I like mine more with a hot cup of home-made cappuccino ! Bake, Slice and Enjoy!
Recipe adapted from La Bonne Bouche & Jamie Oliver
Ingredients (makes 1 loaf):
115 gms – 4 oz. walnuts, roughly chopped
245 gms – 2 cups flour
150 gms – ¾ cup sugar
1 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
113 gms – 1 stick butter
3 ripe large bananas, mashed + more to decorate (optional)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon
Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and walnuts in a big bowl and stir.
Combine the mashed bananas, eggs, melted butter and vanilla extract in another bowl and mix well.
Then fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until just combined (do not overmix or your bread will come out rubbery and tough).
Pour the batter into a pan coated with flour or lined with baking paper and put some slices of banana on the top for decoration (optional).
Bake in a pre heated oven at 180°C – 355°F for about 1 hour or until the bread is golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. When ready, let it cool a bit in the pan and then place it on a wire rack to cool completely before slicing it.