I had some really over-ripe bananas that needed to be used ASAP . So the next thing I know I’m making banana bread. These rash decision often turn into afternoons of messy fun with my children.. but not always. Here I am cheerfull and with all good intesions gathering ingredients as my son Felix tries to climb into the dishwasher, our dog Alice is wanting to get outside to chase a bird who is chirping and Coco wants to measure the ingredients. I remember to breathe and call upon the calmest version of myself available. I pick Felix up out of the dishwasher, let Alice outside and help Coco measure the sugar. Then within seconds Felix has tipped the bin, Alice wants to come back in and most of my sugar is on the counter rather than the bowl. If you repeat this scenario in your head five times and just change the variables around a bit you’ll have some idea of how long it took to get this together. Once it was in the oven I thought I might have some relief but instead I had to fend off the “Is it ready yet? Is it ready yet?” mantra. To distract my children we play outside for the longest fifty minutes in history and once the banana bread is ready it doesn’t even get a chance to rest before my daughter has me cut some up for afternoon tea. I’ve read that delaying gratification in childhood can help kids develop into patient and balanced adults but there are times when it’s most important to keep my sanity intact so my kids can reach adulthood! So I dont wait for it to cool and serve the kids a somewhat dismembered cake (nothing icing sugar cant hide) and for a moment we are enveloped by silence. Thank you bananas. Their bedtime will come soon and I can have a cup of tea with a slice or two of cake all by myself…peace.
125g Butter 180g dark brown sugar
350g of bananas
½ a cup of cocunut
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
250g plain flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
3 tablespoons warm milk
pinch of salt
Preheat oven to 180 (350F) Grease a loaf tin 30x11cm (12x4”)
Cream the butter and sugar and then add the bananas and coconut. Add the eggs, vanilla, cinnamon and a pinch of salt and whisk well. Sieve in the baking powder and flour and beat until smooth. Mix the bicarbonate of soda in the milk and stir into the batter. Then pour it all in the tin and cook for 50 minutes. then cool, if possible….