I buy alot of bananas and they always go too brown before I have time to eat them, so I make alot of bananan bread. They are good for gifting, most people like them, even the picky ones.
One of my earliest memory of banana bread was in college, I did not like baking nor did i know how to use a home oven. I had a friend Yae, whom I met in college who loved baking, and I remember her talking about baking quite alot. One time she stayed over and before she left for college, she woke me up and said that she had left a piece of banana bread that she had made in the fridge and told me to try it. ( I wasn't very interested still and just said yes to be polite of course, I was 19, I was still at a post rebellion age where i just couldn't be bothered with anything ) After a day or two, I saw a cake wrapped in a plastic bag looking abit sorry and squishy. I opened it and gave it a sniff and was not sure whether to take a bite or bin it. I took a bite after looking at it suspiciously and it was creamy, and soft and moist, it still had small bits of bananas in it and til this day, i still think it is the best one i've ever eaten. I never said anyting to Yae, but if you are reading this and you probably forgot about it. Thank you!
Yae also took me at my first ever farmers market in Santa Monica and introduced me to Trader's Joe. :)
This recipe is given to me by someone at work. The origins of the recipe comes from The Bread Bible by Rose Beranbaum. Dried cranberries have been replaced by fresh blueberries.
Banana Blueberry Walnut Bread
Will fit a 900g loaf tin.
113g butter, 200g sugar
2 eggs, 1 very ripe banana mashed, 1 tsp vanilla essence
1 cup walnut ( toasted ) 2 cup + 1 tbsp plain flour, 1 tsp baking soda, 1/2 tsp salt
2 cup blueberries
Beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
Beat in bananas, vanilla essence.
Add flour, baking soda, salt and mix well.
Fold in Walnuts & blueberries. Be gentle while folding in blueberries so they are not broken.
Bake for 40 mins at 170c.