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Banana Bread

285g/10oz plain flour
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
½ tsp salt
110g/4oz butter, plus extra for greasing
225g/8oz caster sugar
2 free-range eggs (I used 3 because they are very small here in Japan)
4 ripe bananas, mashed
85ml/3fl oz buttermilk (or normal milk mixed with 1½ tsp lemon juice or vinegar) (I didn't use milk)
1 tsp vanilla extract

OPTIONAL: Chocolate Chips, Coconut Flakes, 1 tsp cinammon, Nuts or whatever you like.

Preparation method

Preheat the oven to 180C.

Sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda and salt into a large mixing bowl.
In a separate bowl, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
Add the eggs, mashed bananas, buttermilk and vanilla extract to the butter and sugar mixture and mix well. Fold in the flour mixture.

I actually put the butter, the bananas, the vanilla essence and the eggs in a blender (one of those with jar form) and it worked fine :) much easier than creaming by hand. In another bowl, I put all the powder things together (sugar, flour, baking soda & salt), because I needed to measure the weight and only had one scale ^_^

Grease a 20cm x 12.5cm/8in x 5in loaf tin and pour the cake mixture into the tin. (mine is 26cm long, but is OK)

Transfer to the oven and bake for about an hour, or until well-risen and golden-brown.
Remove from the oven and cool in the tin for a few minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely before serving.

Yo sigo estando a dieta, pero en mi sección seguimos la tradición Sueca de la FIKA en la que cada Viernes, hay una persona que prepara el postre y lo comparte con su sección a la hora del café. Así que me toca pringar, aunque no la vaya a tocar ni con un palo :P

Es un bizcocho bastante natural (dentro de lo que cabe, con eso de las bananas) fácil y barato de preparar, bastante socorrido si tenéis que llevar algo como obsequio o postre a algún evento social. Lo bueno es que se pueden cortar lonchas tan finas como quieras y aunque no lo termines la primera vez, pues da igual, porque aguanta tierno unos cuantos días.

A disfrutar!

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