Banana Bread

Lots of wholesome energy for growing bodies, without overexposing them to high GI food. This is a tasty treat indeed; it doesn’t really need a lot of added sugar, as ripe bananas are incredibly sweet.

It’s actually very easy to bake tasty food when you are not afraid to use full fat ingredients. Unfortunately for sedentary grown-ups, butter makes fluffier cakes than plant fats; but then, if everything was easy, where would the challenge be?

Ingredients:

285g/10oz wholemeal khorasan (a.k.a. kamut) flour
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
½ tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla powder (or vanilla extract, in which case, add it to the moist ingredients)
110g/4oz butter
50g/2oz coconut sugar
2 eggs
4 really very ripe bananas, mashed
85ml/3.5fl oz full fat kefir (or yogurt)

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4, using the top and bottom heating elements and no fan, if possible. Line a 20cm x 12.5cm / 1lb loaf tin with greaseproof paper, or preferably a tin liner.
  2. Sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda, salt and vanilla powder together and set aside
  3. In a separate bowl, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Start when the butter is close to room temperature, whisk it at high speed with a balloon whisk or an old school handheld whisk.
  4. Add the eggs,  one by one, mixing well before adding more. Then add the mashed bananas and mix well again, before adding the buttermilk and vanilla extract, if you are using a liquid one.
  5. Beat in the flour mixture, at a lower speed setting.
  6.  Pour the cake mixture into the tin, transfer to the oven and bake for about an hour, or until well-risen and golden-brown.
  7. To check if it’s done, insert a thin skewer deep into the middle of the cake. If it comes out clean, the cake has cooked through. If you have to check several times, though, make sure you insert the skewer in a new hole each time.
  8. Remove from the oven and cool in the tin for about 15 minutes or so, then lift it out of the tin and leave to cool completely on the wire rack. You can then wrap it in a clean tea towel or similar, if it’s not to be served immediately.

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