My ‘oldest’ friend came to visit last week. Christine and I have been friends since Class 2 – we went to Malvern Primary together and then she was my only friend who came to the same high school as me – Durban Girls’. So now that I work it out, we’ve been friends for 29 years! That makes me feel so old.
Anyway, she was over from London for her sister’s wedding and came to visit so she could see me and meet Freya for the first time. I thought it was best to get back in the kitchen and so I baked her my Grandpa’s banana bread loaf that he always used to bake for us. We used to arrive at their flat on Berea Road and there was almost always a fresh loaf wrapped up in wax paper and a piece of string to hold it together. It was such a treat. He could be such a grumpy old man but he showed us the love with his baking that’s for sure!
This is a fail safe recipe people. I’ve passed it on to so many of my friends now. So thought it was about time I share it with all of you. Now do my Grandpa proud and get baking!
Grandpa’s banana bread
Makes 1 loaf
2 cups plain flour, sifted
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup sugar
4 bananas, mashed
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1/4 cup water
1 handful walnuts, chopped (optional)
Preheat oven on 180˚C. Cream together the butter and the sugar. Add in the mashed banana and mix. Beat in the eggs. Then alternate the flour and water with the bicarb dissolved into it. Add the baking powder and mix. Add the chopped up nuts now if you like.
Pour into greased loaf tin and bake for 60-75 minutes. I usually check mine when it’s been in for an hour. If you pierce the loaf in the centre with a knife and it comes out wet, then whack it back in the oven for another 10-15 minutes.