It has been a weekend of high drama around here: lost mobile phones, emergency departments, found mobile phones, my cat needing surgery. After all that I'm feeling a little shaky and I haven't been near my kitchen for days.
Thank goodness I have a reader recipe to share! The ever-generous Duncan has given us this one. It is supposed to be zucchini bread, but he put bananas in it instead. He's a bit cheeky like that.
I guess it will be depend on whether you're feeling a little bit fruity or a little bit veggie; or what you have handy at your place, as to how you bake this loaf.
2 large zucchinis, grated OR 4 large, very ripe, mashed bananas
¾ cup walnuts, toasted and coarsely chopped
½ cup dried cranberries OR sultanas
2 2/3 cups plain flour
1 1/3 cups caster sugar
½ cup firmly packed brown sugar
200ml olive oil
3 eggs, beaten
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
½ tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
¼ tsp mixed spice
2 tsp vanilla extract
a pinch of salt
Preheat oven to 150C.
Grease and line a 2 litre loaf pan.
Sift flour, bicarb, baking powder, spices and salt into a large bowl. Stir in sugars, then add egg, oil, vanilla, zucchini/banana, nuts and cranberries/sultanas. Stir with a wooden spoon, until well combined. Spread into the prepared pan.
Bake in the oven for 1¼ hours or until a skewer comes out clean.
Cool slightly in the pan before turning onto a wire rack to cool completely.