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Sunday, 9 November 2014

Perfect Banana Bread - a text message recipe

Easiest banana loaf recipe

Sometimes I have a craving for some really specific foodstuff from my childhood. Now that my mum and dad both live abroad, I've had to make do with asking them for recipes rather than popping home for a dose of home cooking. It's at times like this that I will send one of them a frantic text saying something like this, "Dad, I need to know how you make that leek and ginger soup you used to force me to eat all winter when I was a child! It's urgent!" or "Mum can you tell me your recipe for banana loaf again - I've lost it..."

Thankfully, both of my parents are fairly tech savvy and understand the importance of urgent food cravings, so I usually get a response fairly quickly. They are both excellent cooks too - the kind of cooks who can just open up the fridge and make something fantastic, no matter what they find inside. I hope that one day I will acquire this skill - Dan is a bit better than me at this right now. I'm too scared of failure. Anyway, before this turns into a self-flagellation-fest, here's the response that I got when I sent my mum a text asking for her banana loaf recipe a few months ago:

easy banana bread recipe


So, you've got Owl Mother to thank for this one - although she probably prefers to go by 'Karen' since that is her name! This recipe is not very consistent with its measurements but there are plenty of nifty conversion tools online if you want to make it into cups or ounces or something like that. And yes, I did text my mum "<3 Ur a goody". It was (semi) ironic, I swear!

- 2/3 mashed bananas (we always mash ours with a fork)
- 2 tablespoons of margarine (you can use butter, but this recipe works really well with marg)
- 125 grams of caster sugar (I use golden, but white works too).
- 200 grams of self raising flour! (this is important!)
- 3 eggs (medium)
- Chocolate chips (as many as you want! I used a whole packet!)
- A pinch of nutmeg (you can replace with cinnamon or leave out altogether if you like).
- A pinch of salt.

Make sure you preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius/Gas Mark 4/350 degrees Fahrenheit! The basic method that my mum and I always follow is to start by creaming the butter and sugar together, before adding all of the other wet ingredients and mixing it up into a big gloopy yellow mess. Then we add the flour bit by bit until it's all incorporated. My mum says you can add a bit more flour if you think it's too wet, but like she said in her text, this is a pretty wet mixture, so don't stress out about it too much! Pour the mixture into a greased non-stick loaf tin, and pop it in the oven for about an hour. I always check mine with a skewer or knife after about 45 minutes to make sure it's cooking nicely, and then keep checking it every ten(ish) minutes until the skewer comes out clean (except for melted chocolate!) and it is ready! Pop it out of the loaf tin and onto a cooling rack before gobbling it all up with a pot of Earl Grey.

fresh banana bread

chocolate banana loaf recipe

This recipe is so easy, that you can pretty much whip it up WHILE dinner is cooking! A favourite Friday night tradition with my mum is to make tuna pasta bake and banana loaf all at once, and then devour them both whilst watching sitcoms on the television. I've tried so many banana bread recipes and none of them work quite as consistently as my mum's classic! So my question for you is this - do you have any 'family recipes' in your household? Are your dad's roast potatoes the best in the land? Does your grandpa make the most intense margaritas you've ever tasted? (Probably not - that's Dan's Nonno's territory!) I'd love to know if you've got any culinary secrets in your family!

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    1. I'm glad you think so! It certainly tasted yummy! :)

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  2. Oh my gosh... Banana bread is my favorite and the photos of your banana bread is the yummiest I've ever seen! Can't wait to try this recipe!

    Jessica
    the.pyreflies.org

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  3. Yum! Banana bread is one of my favourite things. Australians seem to be obsessed with it - whenever I would visit my parents I would just eat this, all the time, for most meals. Not healthy but delicious. I need to buy a loaf tin but I will so be making this soon, and somehow attempting to make it Christmas-y? xx

    Jasmin Charlotte | UK Lifestyle Blog

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    1. I didn't realise it was an Aussie thing - I thought it was just my family who were banana-mad!

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  4. this bread looks so delicious.
    i want to start baking right away
    very nice post :)
    looking forward to see more.

    - http://www.angelaah91.blogspot.nl/

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    1. I'll make sure to get more baking posts up then! :)

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  5. Mmmm, this sounds wonderful! I find the best recipes are often the ones that have been around in your family for ages :)

    xx Mimmi, Muted Mornings

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    1. So true! I've got some great recipes from my grandma too!

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  6. My grandpa doesn't make margaritas, but he does make homemade caramel popcorn that's pretty tasty!

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    1. Mmm that sounds amazing! You should get him to do a tutorial for your blog! ;)

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  7. Sounds delicious. I'll have to try it.

    Anca @ ancaslifestyle | UK

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    1. You must! Tell me how it goes! :)

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    1. The cake? Tasty, yes... but beautiful?

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  9. I've always been saying for the longest time that I'd make my own banana bread since I love it so much. Maybe I'll try this weekend--thanks for posting your family's recipe!!! I'll let you know how it goes :)

    Characters & Carry-ons

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    1. Tell me how it goes! The great thing about banana bread is that it is hard to go wrong! Even if it ends up soggy and weird, it's still hella tasty! :)

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  10. I totally love that you get Owl Mama to send you recipes via text (initially wrote that as 'texts via the phone' - brain is mush today). Her banana bread looks incredible - bet it's the type that makes you want to put your face up close to it and take a giant sniff. I want a slice! My dad has his signature dish, which is Moroccan meatballs topped with baked eggs - I've seen loads of bloggers doing their take on it, but his one is special. I had him text me the recipe a fair few times when I was at Cam actually - clearly great minds think alike! x

    Tamsin / A Certain Adventure

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    1. Please post that moroccan meatball/egg combo recipe. It sounds amazing and I want it in my belly right now!

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  11. Mmm yummy! My obsession with banana bread is probably verging on worrying, haha!

    Style Sunrise ☀

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  12. that is awesome. lol I am always asking my mom for recipes.

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    1. It's the way forward! And then you've got an awesome recipe book on your phone! ;)

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  13. aww it looks so yummy. You can never go wrong with banana bread!

    xo
    www.thisisfrancescarose.com

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    1. This is true! You can NEVER go wrong with banana bread!

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  14. My Mum AND Father-in-law both make a mean Spaghetti bolognaise. My Stepmum is good at everything and HER favourite is Chicken Basque but I love her Thai salmon in Filo-pastry. When I returned from studying in Indonesia, that's what I requested she cook for me!
    Confession: I hate banana-flavoured things, esp cake, so much as this LOOKS gorgeous, I know I would hate it! Sorry for being honest!!x

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    1. Haha, you don't have to love it! I'll make sure that if we ever have a tea party together, I shan't bring banana loaf! Spaghetti Bolognese is one of my favourite comfort foods, and my mum makes a pretty good one too!

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  15. Your photos are just so appetising! This looks mouthwatering, I must try. x

    Louise
    http://louiseplace.com

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  16. Oooh that banana load has got me drooling. I've never put chocolate chips in before - why? I don't bloody know cos it sounds genius! Best recipe my mum ever taught me was a basic sponge - Bit boring but I know it off by heart and can whip it up in no time. It's the basic foundation for all cakes and can be adapted so easily and still be delicious.

    Cats In Crop Tops

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    1. Whack a load of choc chips in! DO IT! You can even go wild and chop up mars bars and chuck them in too!

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  17. I love the way you styled the first picture and this looks so yummy.

    www.kindoflovely.com || AUS Fashion/Lifestyle

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    1. It's great to know that people appreciate the photography! Thanks! :)

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  18. Oh the wonders of technology. That banana bread looks divine! :)

    — Michelle | MXP STYLE

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    1. I know right? Where would we be without it?

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  19. Yum! Looks so delicious! Thanks for the recipe :)

    Tina
    www.justatinabit.com

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  20. Wow! Banana bread, my favorite. <3 Thanks for sharing the recipe. I'd love to try this one day (once I get our oven fixed). Your banana bread look so delicious. :D

    Have a great day Candy!

    x, shekinahjoy.com

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    1. Oh my gosh, living without an oven must be so frustrating! :(

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  21. This looks tasty! My bf loves banana bread.

    We also message the bf's mum and get recipes like that. It's sometimes so much easier haha.

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    1. I love the way my mum writes her recipes. They're so vague, but they always work!

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  22. I swear by my grandma's crumble, and -not to compete!- her banana bread... But full disclosure, last time I made that I forgot the bicarb and made banana black holes instead (v dense). And my parents baked risotto and hoisin-and-honey sausages... Very disappointed not have inherited the family's culinary skill!
    p.s. your photographs are making me super hungry.

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    1. Baked risotto sounds amazing. Please tell me it has cheese on top. I need it to have cheese on top. I need to imagine that. Oh my god.

      And I am so glad you like my photos - that means a lot coming from you!!! <3<3<3

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  23. I made a banana bread before, but for some reason, I think yours looks/tastes better!!! I should definitely try this out!

    - Aileen
    http://iAmAileen.com

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    1. I bet yours looked and tasted amazing! :)

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  24. It looks like it turned out great!

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  25. Ooh yum! Banana cakes are definitely my favourite thing to bake! I usually mash them bananas with a potato masher and add chunky bits of baking milk chocolate (the Cadbury ones) to the batter! I'm living overseas in a rental that has no oven and I can't wait to move to a place with an oven so I can bake up a storm - bookmarking this recipe so I can give it a shot! Thanks xx

    Shaqinah from Shoes & Roses

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    1. You could get a tiny little toaster oven to keep you going! And the potato masher is a great idea! :)

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  26. Mm banana bread is my favourite but I always buy it. Your recipe looks delectable though!
    Your blog is simply stunning
    Have an amazing weekend!
    Much Love,
    Karen (STYLESMORGASBORD)

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    1. I've never actually seen banana bread in a shop! Cray!

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  27. This looks like it's really yummy, you've made me so hungry now haha.

    vvnightingale.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I hope you had something tasty to eat! :)

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  28. That recipe looks so delicious! I love bananas, so I must try to make this (or tell my mother to make me one!).

    Sara Wallflower

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    1. Yeah, get your mum to make it!!! Great idea! :)

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  29. I love banana bread! Thanks so much for sharing this reciepe - must try it! :)

    http://essentialmustela.blogspot.co.uk/

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  30. Oh yum! This looks so so good! I wish I could make this, but alas my oven is broken!
    ~Sara
    Sincerely, Sara

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    1. OMG so many broken ovens in my comment feed! This is a tragedy! :(

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  31. Wow this loaf looks super yummy. Sometimes old standbys are the best recipes. I can't really say that I have anything handed down from my mom - we do have a family recipe for meatballs and cabbage, but I don't eat meat so I will not be making that one anytime soon unfortunately. Making delicious food and watching sitcoms sounds like a really sweet and homey way to spend the evening :)

    rae of love from berlin

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