Banana and Strawberry Bread

‘Tis the season of kitchen creativity—apparently. Maybe there’s something about winter that brings out the nesting instincts in me? In any case I have another recipe to share with you.

I was making a loaf of banana bread the other day when my eye fell on a couple of punnets of strawberries we’d bought because they were on special. After I picked it up again, it occurred to me how well a scattering of strawberries might go in a loaf of banana bread. Instant classic! As you can see from the picture, I didn’t take a photo straight away and by the time I remembered a lot of the banana-strawberry bread was gone. This is a testament to how good it is (and also to how much we like cake, I guess).

banana and strawberry bread

Banana and Strawberry Bread

90g softened butter

115g brown sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla extract

finely grated zest of an orange

4 or 5 very ripe lady finger bananas (you could use 2 ripe cavendish, but it won’t have the same flavour)

250g plain flour

2 tsp baking powder

half a dozen large ripe strawberries, cut in half.

Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F. Line a loaf tin with baking paper.

Cream the butter and sugar (I find this works best if you use a fork). Add the eggs, vanilla and orange zest and beat well.

In a separate bowl, mash the bananas roughly—you want to keep some nice chunky bits. Beat into the butter mixture. Add the flour and baking powder alternately, mixing after each addition. Don’t beat it too well at this stage or it will become too fluffy and not dense and bread-like.

Lastly, stir in the strawberries and spoon into the prepared tin. Bake for 1 hour or until it tests clean. Serve it toasted, slathered with butter, with a cup of Darjeeling on a sunny afternoon.


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One Response to “Banana and Strawberry Bread”

  1. SP Says:

    That does look and sound delicious!

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