The Little Foodies and I went to see Great Nanny yesterday as she's just come out of hospital. She taught me how to cook this and it's delicious! She's 87 now and definitely from the generation where you boil your vegetables until they fall apart. I'd leave her veggies anyday, I couldn't possibly say the same about her baking! Unfortunately she wont be having any as she can only eat very soft food now. I've requested that I be taken outside and shot should it ever happen to me. Nan has requested not to be taken outside and shot as she still quite likes us all. I can't imagine liking anybody if I couldn't eat properly.
We made a heart shape because we love Nan and some small ones for the LittleFoodies. Tall to have in his packed lunch and Small so that he has something other than carrots and cucumber to pinch. The photo shows 5 small ones as we ate a few of the others while they were still warm...
Banana & Honey Tea Bread
5 medium sized very ripe bananas
225g (8oz) self raising flour
125g (4oz) softened butter
125g (4oz) caster sugar
2 medium size organic free range eggs
grated rind of one lemon or one lime (either works well, we used lime this time)
1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg
6 tablespoons runny honey
pinch of salt
Prepare a 1.7 litre (3pint) loaf tin or like us use silicone bakeware.
Turn oven to 180C, 350F, Gas Mark 4
In a bowl mash the peeled bananas with a fork or potato masher.
In a large bowl mix the flour, salt and nutmeg together and then rub in the fat until like fine breadcrumbs (Little (5) is particularly good at this. Small tends to stick it all together - I think you need to be atleast 4 years old to do this bit).
Stir in the sugar, honey, lemon or lime rind and the eggs. Beat well. It will look lumpy and gloopy, this is fine.
Turn the mixture into a prepared loaf tin or whatever bakeware you're using.
Bake for approx 1 hour 15 minutes. You may need to cover with greaseproof paper to stop it burning part way through. If you do small ones like we did they only need to cook for 20-30 minutes.