Spiced Banana Bread
Apple Cake Spice
200g brown, rapadura or coconut sugar
4 free range eggs
400g very ripe bananas (about 3 or 4), mashed
1 tsp vanilla extract
300g plain flour
2 tsp baking power
1 tsp bicarb soda
pinch of salt
How to Cook
1.Preheat your oven to 180C. Lightly grease a 25cm loaf tin and line with baking paper.
2.Beat the butter and sugar together until smooth and pale. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each egg. Beat through the mashed bananas, buttermilk and vanilla. Fold through the flour, baking powder, bicarb, spice and salt – do not over mix or the banana bread will be tough.
3.Spoon into a loaf tin and bake for 70 – 80 minutes until a skewer inserted into the banana bread comes out clean. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on a wire rack. Turn out of the tin.
4.To serve, slice the banana bread into thick slices and place under the grill (or in a sandwich press) for a couple of minutes until golden brown.
Dollop with a big spoonful of ricotta on each slice and top with berry or stone fruit compote.