Added by fabbaker | Fri 06 Jan 2012 @ 00:23
This easy to make bread can be quickly decorated with cream cheese frosting or, if you prefer, just dusted with Tate & Lyle Icing Sugar.
Makes one loaf and cuts into 10 generous slices
Per slice it has 360 calories, 16.5g fat, 6.5g saturated fat, 22g sugars
Preparation time 10 minutes
Cooking time 1 to 11⁄4 hours
For the loaf:
100g walnut pieces
450g peeled ripe bananas (about four medium size bananas)
400g self raising wholemeal flour 1 tsp baking powder 100g butter, softened 100g Tate & Lyle Light at Heart - Brown 250ml semi skimmed milk
For the frosting:
300g light cream cheese 1⁄2 tsp Valencian orange extract, or to taste 1 tsp Tate & Lyle Light at Heart - Brown
1 Preheat the oven to 180oC/Gas 4 (if using a fan-assisted oven adjust the temperature according to instructions) and grease and line a 0.9kg loaf tin.
2 Whizz the walnuts in a processor until very finely processed. Break the bananas into chunks, add to the processor and blend again until mashed.
3 Sift the flour and baking powder into a bowl, adding the bran from the wholemeal flour left in the sieve to the bowl. Donít be tempted to skip this step as it makes sure the baking powder is evenly distributed! Rub in the butter until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Stir in the Light at Heart - Brown.
4 Add the banana and walnut purťe mix and enough milk (you may not need the full 250mls) to make a soft
dropping consistency. Pour the mix into the prepared tin and bake for 1 to 11⁄4 hours until well risen and firm to touch (check after an hour and cover with greaseproof paper if browning too much). Remove from
the oven and leave to cool for about 15 minutes before removing from the tin. Then transfer to a wire rack and leave to cool completely.
5 Beat all the cream cheese frosting ingredients together using a wooden spoon. Swirl the frosting on top of
the loaf. Get the kids involved: Ask your children to help mix the frosting and spread on top of the banana bread.