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Signature Banana Loaf

Food, BakesSteph DukeComment

Banana Bread is my staple. It's my 'go to' bake. My work colleagues have eaten way too much of the stuff as I always have black bananas in the house! 

The recipe is super, super simple and belongs to the queen herself, Mary Berry. 

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Ingredients

100g Softened Butter
175g Caster Sugar
2 Large Eggs (my eggs are usually just medium size!)
2 Ripe Bananas (mashed)
225g Self Raising Flour
1 tsp. Baking Powder
2 tbsp. Milk

Method
1. Preheat the oven to 180C / Fan 160C / Gas 4.
2. Lightly grease a 2lb loaf tin, then line the base and sides with baking parchment. (I use a rubber loaf mould, lined with a loaf case.)
3. Measure all ingredients into a mixing bowl (I sift in the flour, sugar and baking powder) and beat (I use the lowest setting on the hand whisk) for about 2 minutes, until well blended
4. Spoon the mixture into the tin and level the surface
5. Bake in the pre-heated oven for about 1 hour (I add 5-10 extra minutes for my loaf), until well risen and golden brown.  A fine skewer inserted in the centre should come out clean if the loaf is ready.
6. Leave to cool in the tin for a few minutes, then turn out, peel off the parchment and finish cooling on a wire rack.

The loaf is delicious warm out of the oven or simply on it's own once cooled. You can add a frosting for the top if you like, but we especially love our banana loaf grilled and topped with yoghurt, honey and fruit or nuts!

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Now that Winter is well and truly on the way, our comfort food favourite will definitely be a chocolate chip loaf. We tried this today for the first time and were really pleased with the result - especially warm from the oven! We just popped in some chocolate chips after the first minute of beating.

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Hope you enjoy this wee loaf recipe as much as we do here at My Little Duke HQ!

All my love,

Steph xox