Christmas Banana Bread

I had an over supply of ripe bananas, as every banana baker has which prompts them to make the recipe in the first place usually. As I am getting into the Christmas spirit early, I decided to get a little bit creative and make a Christmas flavoured banana bread. How do you make Christmas flavoured anything – simple, just add lots of mixed spice, cinnamon and touches of nutmeg and ginger.

Banana Bread;

– 3 Large ripe bananas
– 2 heaped tablespoons of mixed spice
– 1 teaspoon of ginger
– 1 tablespoon cinnamon
– 2 Eggs
– 1/2 cup milk
– 2 tablespoons lemon juice
– 1 Teaspoon nutmeg
– 50g melted salted butter
– 1 teaspoon bicarb soda
– 1 1/2 cups self raising flour
– 1 cup of plain flour

Icing ;
(You can make this recipe without the icing and just lash it with salted butter)

– 150g icing sugar
– 25g salted butter
– 150g cream cheese
– 2 teaspoons cinnamon

Take you bananas, eggs, spices, melted butter and place in a large bowl. Then take your milk and put into a separate cup or bowl – DON’T pour into the mix yet. Add the lemon juice and mix until it goes lumpy. This is homemade buttermilk and I find it much easier than going out and buying buttermilk that you will only half use. Now take your homemade buttermilk and then put into your banana mixture. Take a fork and mix together. Your gonna have a very lumpy mixture full of beautiful chunky banana – and that’s the way you want it. Once this is mixed properly and all your ingredients are combined take your flours, bi-card soda and mix into the banana mixture.

Once this is mixed thoroughly then do a little test of the flavour, and if you want your banana bread a little more cinnamon or ginger flavoured now is the time to add more spice to your liking.

Bake in an over 180C for an hour, it should be nice and golden on the top.

Miss J

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