Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Banana and Honey Teabread

I don’t know if I‘m alone on this one but does anyone else get excited when their bananas go ripe? I love any excuse to try out new and different versions of banana bread. Yesterday afternoon after doing all my house chores I decided to spend an afternoon in my kitchen and do some baking for my boys. Plus hubby is working from home for the rest of this week and I know how much he loves having my home-baked goodies to have with his cups of tea and coffee. This Banana and Honey Teabread caught my eye with the great combo of ingredients and delivered a whole new banana bread experience. It’s super moist and lusciously light. Perfect for those tea breaks!

Banana and Honey Teabread

225g self-raising flour
¼ level teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
100g butter
225g bananas
100g caster sugar
Grated rind of 1 lemon
2 large eggs
6 tablespoons thick pale honey

For the topping
2 tablespoons honey
Nibbed sugar or crushed sugar cubes, for sprinkling (I used granulated sugar)

Preheat the oven to 160oC/fan 140oC/Gas 3. Lightly grease a 900g/2lb loaf tin then line the base with baking parchment.

Measure the flour and nutmeg into a large bowl and rub in the butter using your fingertips until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.

Peel and mash the bananas and stir into the flour mixture, along with the sugar, lemon rind, eggs and honey. Beat well until evenly mixed, then turn into the prepared tin and level the surface.

Bake in the preheated oven for about 1 ¼ hours or until a fine skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Cover the teabread loosely with foil during the end of the cooking time if it is browning too much. Leave to cool in the tin for a few minutes then turn out, peel off the parchment and finish cooling on a wire rack.

To make the topping, gently warm the honey in a small pan then brush over the top of the cold teabread. Sprinkle with the nibbed sugar.


Snooky doodle said...

this looks delicious. I like your homemade loafs they look so delicious. I tried the tea loaf and it was so good. Now I m making this one :)

Unknown said...

I love banana bread, so I'll definitely be trying this one.
Thanks Maria x

The Girl said...

I need to get into banana bread. I'm all about loafs at the moment (I've lost count of the number of times I've made that Hairy Biker's lemon loaf you put on here). It's just the idea of a wee slice of cake and cup of tea that gets me going sometimes!

Lucie said...

This looks so sticky and moist, really delish. Lucie x

natalia said...

Great for my freezer's banana's drawer !!

Maggie said...

Just the kind of cake we love here too and as you say especially good with a cuppa.

Chele said...

I've kinda exhusted my banana recipe stock! Will be trying this one out for sure. Looks very moist.

Nickki said...

I love banana loaves, and I keep meaning to try this recipe but never get around to it. Your picture has totally convinced me to make it. Looks gorgeous :-)

HorseJumper12341 said...

Love banana bread! I've never tried a banana and honey teabread before though. Looks delicious!

ouryve said...

I just made this (very similar, anyhow) from my Mary Berry book. I've made it more times than i can count. I keep vowing to try a different banana loaf recipe, but can't quite get past not having honey in it! Instead of the honey topping, i sprinkle on demerara sugar before baking, because I just love the crunch!