Monday, May 2, 2011

Banana bread with hazelnuts

Bananas are a great food. Apparently they are the only food that you could live off of entirely with nothing else and still be thriving and healthy. I think if I were to do that I would very quickly tire of bananas. I think the best thing to do with them is to buy a lot of them, leave them untill they are brown and then bake with them! You can make loads of stuff with bananas - cake, bread, muffins, biscuits - you can even use it in many recipes as a substitute for egg, it will do the same job of binding. Plus anything you make with bananas must surely be part of your 5+ a day. So last night I used the pile of brown bananas I had to make banana bread, which is a recipe based on plain soda bread with the addition of sugar and lots of bananas and a bit of butter and egg and anything else that is in the cupboard that I feel like throwing in. Last night it was hazelnuts and chocolate chips.

Hazelnut Banana Bread

1 cup brown/wholemeal flour
1 cup white flour
3/4 cup rolled oats
3/4 cup ground hazelnuts
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 teaspoons cinnammon
1 teaspoon allspice
3 large or 5 small bananas, well mashed
1 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/3 cup melted butter (about 60 grams I think)
1 egg
1 cup chopped hazelnuts and 1/2 cup chocolate chips

So first preheat the oven to 190 degrees celsius and grease a loaf tin, a largish one or two small ones.

Next sift the dry ingredients into a large bowl and combine well. In a separate bowl mix the mashed bananas and liquid ingredients.

Combine the two mixtures and the hazelnuts and chocolate chips, mix lightly and pour into the loaf tin. If you like you can drizzle honey or sprinkle sugar over top.

Bake for about an hour, until a skewer inserted into the loaf comes out clean. It is a very moist mixture so it might be hard to tell but an hour should do the trick. You might have to place tin foil over the loaf to stop the top from getting too dark.

Now the biggest problem with banana bread is making it last because it is very delicious!

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