Bananas that go in lunch boxes and come back looking like they have been in a massive street brawl have only one use afterwards......in a cake! I baked this banana loaf which not only has bananas, but coconut and orange zest and juice added to it too. Its a really blinged up banana loaf and really tasty.
The recipe for this banana loaf was given to me by my best friend in 1998 when we lived on Ascension Island. I was showing my children on the weekend that it was on the same piece of paper that she faxed as it was dated 1998....and we only lived next door to each other....it must have been a wet day!! My youngest son was completely baffled and asked what a fax was!!! At eight years old, he only knows email and text message etc.
Oven temperature 175 degrees Celsius. Grease and base lined large loaf tin, or used a grease proof loaf tin liner.
2 cups plain flour (sifted)
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup butter softened
1 tsp baking soda
grated zest of one orange
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup orange juice
4 medium bananas mashed (really ripe bananas work best)
1 cup dessicated coconut
3/4 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
In a large mixing bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, butter, eggs, vanilla, baking soda, orange juice, and orange zest until well combined (2 to 3 minutes). Mix in the bananas. Stir in the coconut and nuts if using. This will make a thick batter. Spread the batter into the prepared tin and bake for approximately 50 to 60 minutes or until a cake tester, inserted in the centre comes out clean. Remove from the oven and leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes before removing from the tin to cool completely.
It has really been all about bread this week! My friend celebrated her birthday and her hubby wanted to give her a cake shaped liked loaf of bread as when they were in his words "poor students," the only thing he managed to get her on her birthday was a fresh loaf of bread with some butter. The cake wasn't meant to go on a bread board, but when I was doing it I had this idea that as a loaf of bread it shouldn't be on anything else but a bread board. A new bread board in a small town can set you back at least twelve quid so a visit to the charity shop and 50p later, I had a bread board. After soaking it in boiling water and then scrubbing every inch of it, it made the perfect board for the cake. The butter, loaf and slice is all cake, so little waste in that loaf!!!!