date and bananna loaf

I often make a banana bread loaf to use up any old bananas that we haven’t eaten. There’s nothing quite like a nice slice of banana bread with a cup of coffee in the morning but its nice to change it up a little and to try something a bit different so I made this date and banana loaf which is pretty much the same principle just with the addition of some tasty dates- turns out Joe is a fan of dried fruit!

Here’s the recipe if you would like to give it a try yourself!

  • 125g unsalted butter
  • 175g dark muscovado sugar
  • 2 whole free range eggs
  • 280g plain flour
  • 1tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • tsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 125ml full fat milk
  • 3 ripe bananas, peeled and mashed
  • 100g dates, chopped and stones removed
  1. Preheat the oven to 170°C and grease and line a standard size loaf tin.
  2. Cream the butter and the sugar together until fluffy and changed in colour to a very pale yellow.
  3. Add the eggs one at a time and mix well after each addition.
  4. In a separate bowl sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda and the baking powder. Then add half of the sifted flour to the creamed butter mixture, gently fold the flour in. Add the milk and mix well.
  5. Add the mashed bananas and the chopped dates along with the rest of the sifted flour and mix well.
  6. Pour the mixture into the loaf tins and bake for 60 minutes.
  7. Serve plain with a cuppa or slap on a bit of butter for a tasty and fibre rich treat!



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