Cakes, Winter

Banana cranberry bread

December 15, 2013

cranberry banana bread

I’m sitting under a blanket. I’m quite cold even though the weather is extremely mild. 13°C in December is unusual even for Ireland. From time to time I try to convince a cat, that he shouldn’t be on the table. After a few months of training most of the times it’s enough if I clap my hands or raise my voice, although I still need to do it every 10 minutes, but you know baby steps. He is just bored as his brother is sleeping on the radiator.

I’m still in a baking mood. I bake so much more than I should. I will exercise as soon as I finish this post, I promise, but it’s not my fault that those banana were screaming “make a banana bread”. I gave it Christmasy twist adding spices and cranberries. I love the addition of cranberries, as it gives this tangy something and it looks pretty.

cranberry banana bread

Banana cranberry bread

Banana cranberry bread

Recipe adapted from Nigel Slater recipe

For 20cm x 12cm loaf tin

  • 75g walnuts or hazelnuts
  • 175g unsalted butter, softened
  • 175g light muscovado sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 170g plain flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom
  • pinch of ground cloves
  • 2 very ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 cup of fresh cranberries
Preheat the oven to 170°C/150°C fan.
Grease a tin and dust it with rice flour or semolina.
Toast walnuts/hazelnuts in the oven. Once they cool down a little try to remove their skins.
Grind them quite finely. Set aside.
Beat the butter with sugar until light and fluffy.
Add one egg at a time and mix until fully incorporate before adding the next egg.
Mix in ground walnuts/hazelnuts, flour, baking powder and spices.
Add in mashed bananas and mix until well incorporated.
Fold in cranberries.
Pour the batter into the prepared tin.
Bake for 60-70 minutes or until cooked when tested with a skewer.

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  • Reply Angie@Angie's Recipes December 16, 2013 at 16:31

    The bread looks so very moist and beautiful with cranberries.

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