Thursday, December 10, 2009

Going Bananas

So I love to cook.
Maybe it's my captive audience of Mr and the 2 dogs. They love anything I cook, sweet savoury, you name it!
Maybe I find it therapeutic measuring, mixing and relishing in the finished product!
Maybe I enjoy the peace knowing that Mr will leave me alone while I am in the kitchen!
Maybe Mr will build me a new kitchen and buy me a new stove! (well a girl can dream huh!)

Even so, I am always on the lookout for quick, easy and wholesome (i don't think healthy is the right word) sweets, cakes, puddings and more, to meet the high demands of Mr's sweet tooth. I have several recipes that have become my favourites, (ie chuck all the ingredients in one bowl, mix with a spoon and put in the baking tray) in particular a carrot cake, but I will share this secret recipe with you another time. 
The newest edition to my repertoire is this date and banana loaf that I was so impressed with I just had to share with you. To my surprise I discovered the recipe on the side of a weetbix pack (well it was a pack of no name brand wheat biscuits!). 

My version of date and banana loaf straight out of the oven (note: Mr has already sneaked a slice when I went to get the camera) on my favourite Johnson Sunflower plate - always makes things taste better - but definitely not needed for this one - it was gone in a  day!

The Recipe
5 whole wheat biscuits (eg weetbix)
1 1/2 cups self-raising flour
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup finely chopped dates
2 ripe bananas, mashed
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup low fat milk
1 extra large egg, lightly beaten

Pre heat oven to 180 degrees C.
Combine wheat biscuits, flour, sugar, dates, banana and cinnamon in a large bowl. Mix in milk and egg until well combined.
Spoon into lined loaf pan (215 x 115 x 55mm) and bake for 45-50 minutes until cooked when tested with a skewer. Serve warm or cold with butter!

After you have made this once, you will want to make it again! Next time try fruits that you may have around the home. I have used a mango and banana mush and dried cranberries which, like the original recipe, was a hit!

Go on, give it a try! And don't forget the butter!

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