Banana loaf with golden syrup

This week’s recipe is for a dessert that couldn’t be easier. And it’s a great way of using those bananas that are beginning to go black that most people don’t seem to want to eat – despite them being at their best at that stage.

Banana loaf

It’s so easy, it only really needs two utensils: a food processor (or mixing bowl) and a loaf tin. Who needs to buy ready-made desserts?

serves 4 to 6

60g hazelnuts
250g self raising flour
125g soft unsalted butter
Four ripe bananas
60g soft brown sugar
Four eggs
Four tablespoons spoons golden syrup (plus a little more to serve)
1kg loaf tin – buttered
Jersey ice cream to serve

Pre-heat the oven to 180°C, gas mark 4

Sieve the self-raising flour and, along with all the other ingredients, put into a food processor and blend everything to a batter. If you don’t have a food processor, place all the ingredients into a bowl and beat with a wooden spoon until smooth.

Pour the batter into the loaf tin and place in the oven for 50 minutes. Remove from the oven and test to see if the loaf’s cooked by inserting a skewer or thin knife into the centre. If the skewer comes out clean, the loaf’s cooked. If not, put the tin back in the oven for another 10 to 15 minutes before testing again.

Once cooked, allow the loaf to rest for 10 minutes before removing from the tin. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, gently heat a few spoonfuls of golden syrup and add a little water to thin it slightly.

To serve, cut the loaf into thick slices. Put onto a plate, scoop a ball of Jersey ice cream on the top and then spoon syrup over the lot.

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