Baking may sometimes seem a little daunting if we are new to it. We could very well be interested but may be overwhelmed by the prospect of a recipe that seems beyond our capabilities. The key to overcoming that is trying out something that is simple and getting positive results. This banana bread recipe is a perfect example of a recipe that requires little effort but yields so much, including our confidence in the baking department.
Confidence will lead to the motivation to trying out something new. Only by trying new things can it lead us to self-improvement. Self-improvement leads to self-confidence; and as Arthur Ashe once said, “An important key to self-confidence is preparation”. It is only by doing in the kitchen that we can improve but to help put you in the best position to succeed there are a couple of things you can do. An electronic scales will make your life infinitely easier when it comes to measuring accurately and including the option of weighing dry and wet ingredients. Try to avoid guessing. Baking is a science and specific measurements are vital to the success of your final product.
Banana bread is a great way of using up those overripe bananas lurking in your fruit basket. In fact, in this recipe the more overripe the better, as the bananas will have developed a mature sweetness that works really well. A handy tip for using bananas that are past their date for eating on their own is to freeze them whole for use at a later date. This is particularly useful if you don’t have the time or the ingredients at hand to make this recipe when the bananas start to turn. Just be aware that when frozen the skin will turn completely black but the flesh inside is perfect for using in this recipe. The baked bread is also suitable for freezing or indeed you could individually wrap slices in clingfilm and freeze, ready to pop under a hot grill for a quick breakfast with a warm coffee. Alternatively, you could fry slices in a little butter and serve with some ice-cream for a decadent dessert or weekend brunch. The toasted walnuts add a wonderful crunch and texture but feel free to omit them from this recipe if you wish.