Banana Bread : The Official Comfort Food

Banana Bread : The Official Comfort Food

I am sure you’ve noticed amidst it all on social media feeds that one baked good appears with particular frequency: banana bread.

So why is everyone making banana bread? No, seriously, though – why? There’s a lot we could be doing: painting, reading, watching Netflix, walking for an hour a day, working, looking after our kids, Zooming friends, staring at a wall and panicking silently inside… but baking banana bread just seems to be something we’ve universally agreed on.

Banana bread has always been popular, but something has changed — to understand the banana bread mania, I turned to some people that would understand, our Guvon Hotels’ professional chefs — and asked them the question: Why the sudden interest in baking banana bread? Each one gave me the exact same obvious response! Unlike most other fruit or vegetables, when bananas go limp and mushy, they can be repurposed…& voilà — enter, banana bread. Banana bread is also fairly straight forward and doesn’t seem too indulgent if you crave something sweet and it’s wholesome & nourishing.

So if you’ve got the urge after reading the above to start baking your own banana bread – look no further, my all time favourite banana bread recipe is as easy as 1-2-3 and no measuring is needed to make this simple 3 ingredient banana bread. This recipe is hard to beat – simple, healthy and delicious and is great freshly baked, but is just as terrific when stored for a day or two and then sliced, toasted and spread with butter.


7 large, over-ripe bananas
385g tin condensed milk
500g packet self-raising flour

Mash the bananas until completely smooth. Stir in the condensed milk. Fold in the flour and a good pinch
of salt. Divide between 2 x 10cm x 19cm loaf tins lined with baking paper. Set aside for 20 minutes.

Preheat oven to 180°C. Bake the loaves for about 40 minutes, or until a testing skewer comes out clean. Remove from the tins, cover (with plastic wrap or in a plastic container) while still hot and set aside to cool.

Up the luxury factor by adding 10ml ground cinnamon, 15ml vanilla essence and a 150g packet of chopped pecan nuts to the mixture before baking.

Serving suggestion:
Toast slices and serve topped with dollops of Greek yoghurt, banana slices, chopped pecan nuts and honey.

Source: Your Family Magazine issue date: June, 2019

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