Howdy Beach Cottage people!
Hope you are all well, wherever you are in the world this fine day. So, I have a banana bread recipe for you today for Good Life Wednesdays…a recipe that rocks my little beach cottage socks.
This is the proverbial Beach Cottage Too Easy Banana Bread Recipe…if you can mix things in a bowl and put something in the oven, you can make it.
As ever with anything I ever cook or bake, this uses regular ingredients you won’t need to go on a mountain trek to acquire, it can be made with minimal fuss, one bowl, washing up is big time low, and most importantly, get the violins out, for this KitchenAid less woman (Mr Beach Cottage, you had better read my Christmas List or there will be some serious broomstick riding this year) it requires no fancy cooking instruments…a vintage mixing bowl and a wooden spoon are about as difficult as it gets…
When we first moved to Australia, I had never heard of banana bread, let alone tasted it….so a recipe for it was certainly not on the radar…back in the Old Country, as far as I remember, in the world I moved in, Banana Bread is not widespread.
So I first had this in a little cafe down by the wharf…we had walked, early one morning, with the kiddos on their scooters into town for coffee and a mooch around…we had no friends in those days and everything was bright and new to us….little differences from our old life (like walking by the sea!) were everywhere, including the silliest things, like how you order a coffee/ferry ticket/cup of tea (here ‘Can I get?’ is said more, whereas before I would say ‘Can I have?’), how you say greet someone and ask how they are (‘G’day, how you going?’ as opposed to ‘Good Morning, how are you doing?’).
Anyway, this particular morning was one of those…we sat down in this little cafe at the end of the walk and the Beach Cottage kiddos went down to play on the sand…we wanted something to go with our coffee and undecided asked the waitress what she recommended…She said that a fresh batch of banana bread had just been pulled out of the oven so why don’t we have a go with that….?
Sounded pretty good to us, though to be honest we weren’t quite sure what it would taste like… so it arrived toasted to just the right degree and on the side was a little dish of butter and one of honey.
This was the morning coffee treat of my dreams, and I mean, hello, it’s got fruit in it, so it’s healthy and guilt free, right? I can have this every day to fulfill one of my fruit portions. Hahaha.
Well that’s not a joke, ‘cos for the first couple of years here, I about ate this every single day…I think I have tested every kind of banana bread one can…including raspberry banana bread, chocolate banana bread, sugarless, with figs…you name it I have researched it on my quest for all things banana bread.
A few months into this journey I decided I needed to quit buying and start to find a banana bread recipe I loved…what ALWAYS puts me off the ones you buy, is when you look at the ingredients, there sure are a few more things than banana in there…I am no food snob for sure, but I never like the idea of too many e-numbers and things whose names I cannot pronounce in my little treats.
Soooo, I started looking out for a banana bread recipe and making my own. With fairly mixed results to start with. The first few I made were way too sugary, some were too dry and ‘bready’.. plus a lot of the banana bread recipe links I found didn’t seem to be banan-y enough for me.
Until I found this little beauty banana bread recipe…I copied if off of the back of some packet or another, so it certainly is not my very own ..though I did reduce the sugar a bit for a less sweet taste…
The reason I love it? It’s errs on the side of cake which I prefer in a banana bread recipe, rather than a bread, but at the same time it is bread enough to toast…there’s just enough banana but not overly to make it squelchy and too moist, though at the same time it is moist.
The best thing is though, it is one of my Dump & Go’s (and I am running out of my original handful of recipes that I have perfected over the last xx years or so…but no worries, I have come late to baking in life and am gathering them around me faster than you can say Banana Bread Recipe ;-) )
Beach Cottage Too Easy Banana Bread Recipe
1 cup ripe bananas
2 cups plain flour
1 cup brown sugar
1tsp baking powder
1. mash bananas
2. add butter and sugar to bowl & combine til’ creamy
3. add all other ingredients & mix
It may not look particularly appetising :-)
dump in a greased loaf pan and bake 180C/365F for 50 mins or until skewer comes out clean…
devour with your morning coffee and think of your little baking friend on the beaches…. hahaha
*beach cottage notes add a teaspoon of vanilla extract for a lovely twist, your bananas can be nearly dead and black & it’ll still be lovely, throw in a few chocolate chips for your kiddos, sprinkle a handful of chopped walnuts on top, or indeed throughout…I don’t always do walnuts cos one of my kiddos isn’t so keen…but it’s even better!
If you try this banana bread recipe, you’ll love it…you will never buy it from a store again…it’s brain-dead easy, tasty, healthy (c’mon there’s bananas in it)…but don’t blame me if you can’t stop the addicition….
Happy Wednesday, Happy Good Life