This is a fact. Unless of course you don’t like bananas (madness!), in which case you would disagree, but I think practically every other baker on the planet would wholeheartedly agree with this statement. So imagine my joy when I came across this in the reduced aisle at Tesco’s:
And only 32p!!! For 9 bananas! Imagine my joy! My mum’s reaction was one of disbelief/disgust at my delight…she’s not a baker you see
So on the car journey home, I carefully examined my feelings. What do I want to make first with these precious bananas? I decided on banana bread. Actually, wholemeal banana-coconut bread to be exact.
It’s based on the above recipe for wholemeal banana bread that I found in my ‘recipe file’. No idea of the source, and I’d never made it before (that I could remember anyway!) so thought I’d give it a whirl, with a few changes of course!
Wholemeal banana-coconut bread
- 2 tbsp marg/butter/vegan spread
- 2 tbsp milk (I used soya milk)
- 3/4 cup (160g) sugar (I used sweetener, as my mum is diabetic, so I often use this to make my recipes more suitable for her)
- 1 egg/flax egg (1 tbsp flaxseed+3tbsp warm water)
- 4 ripe bananas, mashed
- 1.5 cups (240g) wholewheat plain flour
- 3 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 cup desiccated coconut (optional)
- Preheat oven to 200C/390F, and grease/line your loaf tin.
- Whisk flax egg (if using) and leave for 5 mins. Meanwhile, mash your bananas.
- In a separate bowl, cream the butter and sugar together. Add the butter and sugar and beat till well combined.
- Combine flour, baking powder and dessicated coconut, and gently fold in to the mixture. Then add the milk, and fold until combined.
- Spoon mixture into your pan, then bake for approx. 45 mins, depending on your oven.
- Stand in the tin for 5 mins before turning out on a wire rack to cool fully.
The four bananas I used. Not too bad, right? Wrong.
Lovely, right? And actually, adding the coconut was a bit of a last minute idea, so didn’t add it until the end, so it was harder to stir in properly, without over-mixing the batter, but it still turned out great.
Aah loaf tin liners, how I love you! So anyway, after a little too long in my oven (sidetracked by Scrubs ) the cake turned out a little browner on top than I normally like, but I actually ended up preferring it like this:
Mmmm! The coconut was definitely a good decision! Wholesome and filling, so this will make a great snack that will satisfy even a monster sweet tooth like mine
Haha! Sweet little Mrs Raggett is going to have fun with this one!
In other news, I found out more about the London Mini Marathon (for under 18’s) I mentioned a few posts ago. It’s a lot shorter than I had hoped for- only 3 miles (I prefer slightly longer distances, where you don’t have to sprint!). When I checked previous race timings, most people had run all 3 miles in sub-8 minute mile pace. Don’t know about you guys, but for me, that is FAST!
I would have until March to train, which is when the trials are to qualify…. Can I speed up that much though? I did a 4 mile tempo run today, with my fastest mile at 8.14…
What do you think? It would probably be possible to qualify at a 8 min mile pace, or just over, but do you think it would be possible for me to speed up this much over four months, when my current average running pace is about 8.30?
Advice greatly appreciated!