Banana Bread recipe: Nigella Lawson - How To Be A Domestic Goddess
- 1/2 cup golden raisins (I had no golden raisins, so I omitted this)
- 6 tablespoons/3 ounces bourbon or dark rum (If you're not using the golden raisins, you don't have to use this either)
- 1 cup + 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/4 light brown sugar (not in the recipe, I just added this)
- 2 large eggs
- 4 small, very ripe bananas, mashed
- 1/4 chopped walnuts (optional)
- teaspoon vanilla extract
- Put the golden raisins and rum or bourbon in a small saucepan and bring to the boil. If you're thinking about giving this cake to children, don't worry, the alcohol doesn't pervade: you just end up with stickily, aromatically swollen fruit.
- Remove from the heat, cover and leave for an hour or until the golden raisins have absorbed most of the liquid, then drain.
- Preheat the oven to 325F/170C.
- Put the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium-sized bowl and, using your hands or a wooden spoon, combine well.
- In a large bowl, mix the melted butter and sugar (& brown sugar, if you're using it) and beat until blended.
- Beat in the eggs, one at a time and then the mashed bananas.
- Then, with your wooden spoon, stir in the walnuts, drained raisins and vanilla extract.
- Add the flour mixture, a third at a time, stirring well after each bit.
- Scrape into a loaf pan and bake in the middle of the oven for 1 - 1 1/4 hours. (after 45 minutes of baking, I topped the bread with silver foil, so that the top wouldn't get too brown) (my bread was ready after 60 minutes)
- When it's ready, an inserted toothpick or fine skewer should come out clean.