This is a recipe that my mum and I have been using for years, and it never fails!
Ingredients (makes 12 slices)
2 large very ripe bananas, mashed well
4oz margarine or unsalted cooking butter
6oz caster sugar
8oz plain flour
2 large eggs
1tsp baking powder
2 tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
any desired chocolate, for grating (optional)
a few walnuts to garnish (optional)
1. Firstly, heat the oven to 170°C and grease a bread tin with butter or line it with baking paper.
2. Cream or mix the butter and the sugar together. Then add the eggs, milk and vanilla extract to form a runny mixture, and then sift in the flour and baking powder. Finally add the mashed bananas and mix well.
3. Pour the banana mix into the greased tin and if you're using chocolate, grate as much as you like on top and then decorate with some walnuts. Bake the cake for 40/50 minutes until golden on top and cooked right through. If it is still slightly squidgy in the middle after 45/50 minutes, remove it from the oven and wrap it in some tin foil or kitchen towels so that it carries on slowly cooking.
I like to serve the bread with ice cream, or with a simple cup of tea.