Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Italian Breakfast Banana Bread

I was so excited when I found out Nigella Lawson was releasing a new book, Nigellissima, I even pre-ordered it on amazon. Unfortunately it has not captured me in the way some of her previous cookbooks have, I had the same feeling with her other book Nigella Express. In reading the recipes a lot of them don't appeal to me or my taste, sorry mackerel in pasta doesn't do it for me! Another disappointment was the lack of bakes and desserts in the book, I was expecting more. I decided to bake this Italian breakfast banana bread as my first recipe, I liked the addition of espresso and it really worked well. I enjoyed a slice for breakfast and it was even nicer dipped in my coffee. It's definitely a recipe I would recommend trying and one I will make again. As much as I'm on the fence about this cookbook I will try more recipes and report back!

Italian Breakfast Banana Bread

Cuts into 8-10 slices

150ml flavourless vegetable oil, plus some for greasing
3 medium bananas, very ripe
2 tsp vanilla extract
pinch salt
2 eggs
150g caster sugar
175g plain flour
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
4 tsp instant espresso powder

1 x 450g/1lb deep loaf tin

Slip a baking sheet into the oven, and preheat the to 170oC/150oC fan oven/gas mark 3. Get out a loaf tin, and line it with baking parchment or a loaf liner, or lightly oil it.

Mash the bananas with the vanilla extract and salt and then beat in the oil.

Now, beat in the eggs, one by one, followed by the sugar.

Mix the flour with the bicarb and espresso powder, and beat these dry ingredients into the runny batter.

Pour the batter into your prepared loaf tin, and pop it into the oven, on the baking sheet, and bake for 50-60 minutes, or until slightly coming away at the sides and bulgingly risen.


Miss C Flash said...

Your banana bread looks inviting as with all your loaf cakes. I agree that Nigellisima is not one of Nigella's best books, I much prefer How to Eat, Feast and Kitchen x

Maria♥ said...

I definitely agree, those are her best books, including Nigella Christmas :)


Anonymous said...

I'd heard mixed reports about that book, think I'll just wait for it to come into the library! Can't beat a good banana bread tho..! x

Kelly-Jane said...

Looks lovely.

I like Nigellissima, but it isn't Feast!

The Caked Crusader said...

Cake for breakfast? Well, I'm sold!

Annes S said...

I have resisted buying the book thus far, just making do with tv for now!

The banana bread with espresso in sounds lovely, I bought extra bananas today on purpose just for baking with....