4.50! Who, just who, is paying $4.50 for a slice of Banana Bread? Come on, you can't be serious! Well, someone must be buying it because there are stacks of places that sell it. I've got a word for those amongst you who are paying $4.50 for a slice of Banana Bread; you've got too much money, I mean 'lazy'. I know, that might sound a bit harsh, but I'm here to help.
Banana Bread is my go-to, can't go wrong, easy peasy breakfast/desert/snack. There is no shortage of Banana Bread recipes available, even Weekendnotes has a few. I've tried many variations over the years and thanks to Bill Granger, I've adapted the perpetually smiling celebrity chef's famous sour cream based Banana Bread recipe and tweaked it to suit my own taste. There is no butter, milk is optional and there's only a little sugar as I find the natural sweetness of the ripe bananas and sultanas quite enough.
The total cost of making this loaf should be no more than $4.50. You should get around eight slices out a loaf. That is $36.00 worth of retail sliced banana bread. That's a saving of $33.50 a week if you dine out daily on Banana Bread. But wait, there's more. That amounts to a saving of $1742.00 a year if you eat a loaf a week and around $150 000.00 over the average life time making baking your own Banana Bread a bit like an alternative superannuation scheme.
So for all you Banana Bread addicts, investing just a few minutes a week baking your own Banana Bread is definitely a very super idea.
Ingredients 1/2 cup brown sugar 1/4 cup walnuts, chopped 375ml (or 300ml and add milk) sour cream 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda 2 eggs, lightly beaten
2 cups self raising flour
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp allspice
3/4 cup sultanas
2 ripe bananas, mashed
Soak sultanas in water for a few minutes and mash the bananas. Combine all ingredients thoroughly reserving some nuts. Place the mixture into a medium sized greased cake tin and top with the remaining crushed walnuts. Place in a hot oven and bake for around one hour at 180c.