Donna Hay’s Banana Bread

There is something comforting when baking on a Sunday afternoon, while the sun is setting in the horizon, and after all your house chores have been done and dusted. It’s also usually on a Sunday when Mr J puts in a request for baked goods – banana bread, apple cinnamon muffins or simple scones. I would often share his cravings and would happily oblige, and half an hour later, voila. Freshly baked goodies out of the oven, in to our mouths, washed down by a nice cup of tea.

This is my go-to banana bread recipe, because it’s simple, easy to bake, and just utterly delicious. I also like the fact that it’s a fuss free recipe with maximum impact. No need for any fancy gadgets, or hard to get ingredients. Just straight forward ripe bananas, waiting to be turned into something magical.

What are your Sundays like?

 

Donna Hay’s Banana Bread
Recipe from here

3 – 4 large, very ripe bananas, mashed
125ml olive oil or vegetable oil
3 eggs
260g brown sugar, packed
1 tsp vanilla extract
225g self raising flour
1 tsp ground cinnamon

  1. Preheat oven to 160 deg C. Prepare your loaf tin.
  2. In a bowl, combine the mashed bananas, oil, eggs, sugar and vanilla extract.
  3. Add the flour and cinnamon to the bowl. Mix together but do not over mix.
  4. Pour onto prepared tin and bake for 50 – 60 minutes or until the skewer comes out clean.
  5. Cool for a few minutes before slicing. Best served toasted with some luscious Pepe Saya butter.

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Bakers Delight Artisan Bread Series

I have never been a bread person before. In fact, I never liked sandwiches. If Mum did prepare sandwiches for me to bring to school when I was a kid, I’d ask her to pack it with lots of fillings – from the usual peanut butter, jam or nutella, to meat sandwiches with ham, cheese, tomatoes, lettuce, even bacon. I never liked the way bread seem to be so dry, that you have to almost drown it with butter to give flavour.

But these days, boy have I changed!

Give me any sourdough everyday, some fantastic extra virgin olive oil or a nice quiche paste and extra vintage cheese and a bottle of Chardonnay, and I’m sold. I’m an easy sell. I’m at my happiest when fronted with food (hee!!!!!).

So when given the opportunity to try out not one, not two, but three different loaves of bread from Bakers Delight, I jumped up and down and did cartwheels around town and anticipated the arrival of my preciousssss.

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The ciabatta

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Cheese & quince paste

The Turkish bread

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(which was devoured soon after this photo was taken… oops! So only one photo for the delicious Turkish bread)

And the baguette

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And because I was so delighted by these new acquisitions, I, together with my sister, put together a little plate of dips and cheeses and paired the breads together – something that we both love doing while lazily spending the weekend afternoon away.

Cheese & quince paste - the perfect marriage!

Assorted dips of baba ganoush, beetroot, and tzatziki - bought from a shop in the Old Bus Depot Markets, Canberra

One lucky reader will get a chance to win 5 vouchers and avail any Bakers Delight products up to the value of $5 per voucher.

Simply leave a comment and email, and the lucky reader will be picked randomly.

*Open to Australian readers only. Competition ends Friday 26th November 2010. Winner will be contacted by email.

Many thanks to Bakers Delight and Rebecca Stalker of Keep Left Public Relations for the tasty loaves of bread samples.

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Ciabatta – Brasserie Bread

Dear Brasserie Bread,

Hi, I’m Patricia, and I’m addicted to your ciabatta loaf.

I’ve been munching on this one loaf every single day of the week since I bought it on Monday… and my god! I’m actually speechless.

Ciabatta slices with garlic oil...
Ciabatta slices with garlic oil...
Olives, brie, garlic infused oil, & ciabatta
Olives, brie, garlic infused oil, & ciabatta
Yes I eat it like this...
Mmmmm.....
Mmmmm.....
Stuffed olives!
Stuffed olives!

And then I got a bit sick of the olives and brie, went back to the fridge, and saw the jar of mandarin marmalade that I made during the “save the caramel” escapade the other day. So what did I do with it? Well…

Mmmmandarins!
Mmmmandarins!

Love,

Me.

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