Easy Breezy Banana Bread

The idea of baking bread can be very daunting. Too many uncontrollable variables in the equation. (Will the yeast be temperamental? Will I lose my cool?) I haven’t mustered up the courage to go beyond a simple chocolate cake, orange madeira cake and plain scones. But I felt bold about baking Banana Bread purely because it’s a relatively non-fussy recipe. (read: no yeast)

I’ve been meaning to try this one out for quite sometime now after my mum and her friend baked this, on separate occasions. What made me attempt it today was the sight of 3 bananas in the fruit basket at home which I’d completely forgotten about. My forgetfulness had rendered them overripe and far too icky to peel ‘n’ eat.

The good thing about Banana Bread is that it needs precisely this…3 overripe, icky bananas! So if you’re someone who hates wasting food, then this recipe is for you.

It’s pretty easy to remember this recipe…because of the quantities of the ingredients: everything is either 3 or 1/2 a cup. See for yourself…

You also need a bread tin. Grease this well and keep aside. Pre-heat your oven to moderate heat (Gas mark 4). I set mine to 180 degrees C for 20 minutes
1. Beat 3 eggs, oil and powdered sugar

2. Chop up the bananas and add them in.

3. Sift in the flour, baking soda & baking powder. Add in semolina and oats and whisk well until it’s at a nice cake batter-like consistency

4. Add in nuts and choco-chips. This is optional, of course, but highly recommended as it adds a nice texture to the other wise smooth bread. I didn’t have nuts so roughly chopped up some almonds and Nestle’s dark chocolate. Be bold and improvise!

5. Pour this into the bread tin and put it into the oven for 25 minutes. Resist the urge to keep opening the oven door as this will let the heat out and jeopardise your bread.

Your bread is ready when it has visibly risen and forms a brown crust. Just to be sure, insert a flat knife or toothpick into the centre of the bread. If it comes out clean, it’s done.

Remove the tin from the oven, and let it cool down on a rack for 5 minutes. 

Serve at room temp. Goes great with vanilla ice cream! 🙂

PS: Why was the lone banana sad? Because he was a-kela! lol 😀


5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Akshay Kumta
    Sep 04, 2012 @ 03:50:41

    Thanks for sharing this recipe. As u have rightly said, I am one of those who hates n overripe banana. Ill make a note of this and use it in my future home when maddy and I start living together. Lots of love…akki


    • Namrata Kilpady
      Sep 04, 2012 @ 06:17:35

      Cool! But why wait till u move into your new home together. I’d say start baking and perfecting your banana bread before the beautiful biwi samples it. 🙂


      • Akshay Kumta
        Sep 23, 2012 @ 12:10:04

        Hmmmm…lekin bachelor house mei no oven to bake. That’s why can make do only with main courses which I’ve undoubtedly been good with. Bakery somehow I’ve not faired well since the beginning!

  2. Meenakshi
    Sep 04, 2012 @ 19:16:33

    I love banana bread!! This recipe uses semolina and oats!! Love. And i recognize that handwriting!!!


  3. Tracy
    Sep 08, 2012 @ 11:21:17

    i tasted this folks and it was yummmmmmm!!! but dammit, i really need an oven — or someone please give me recipes (with timings/temps) for microwave baking!! 😦


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