Thursday, 22 November 2012

All Good Bananas Banana Bread

A Wheelbarrow of All Good Bananas at the Sustainable City

I dropped into the Cloud this morning  to discover what the sustainable city of the future could look like. It's on in Auckland from  November 22-24 2012.
It's a cool concept. You can meander through  different areas of the city, including office spaces, homes, transport, cafés and entertainment, and experience everyday sustainable solutions.With 110 different sustainable businesses there was a lot to take in.

The latest sustainable fashions were a feast for the eyes. But soon my stomach was rumbling. Thanks to All Good Bananas for filling the gap!

As I got talking to them they divulged that they have created a great banana bread recipe and  they are happy for it to appear on my blog.

Now what I like about All Good Bananas is that  they are the only Fair trade Bananas you can buy in New Zealand and they are exuberantly funny. They had the audacity to call this Badass Banana Bread!

Badass Banana Bread ( Yup it's that Good!)

Now we like to think we know a thing or two about banana bread. We’ve certainly eaten and baked our fair share of it. Not without controversy though (and no we’re not talking about the time we almost burnt down banana HQ).
Banana bread has its staunch defenders who like it sliced, toasted and smothered with butter each morning, and then there are the critics. Those who think calling it bread is just a super-sneaky, deluded way of fooling yourself that you’re not eating cake when you are.
Either way, we think this recipe is pretty much near perfect. Dress it up, or dress it down. Bake it, toast it, butter it (if you must), or stack it with cakey-butter-cream icing. Just enjoy it for what it is, a tasty banana treat.
Think you’ve got a better recipe? Then drop us a line at and tell us about it.
But we’ll need proof (mmmh delicious, delicious proof).

  • 285g/10oz plain flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 110g butter, plus extra for greasing
  • 215g caster sugar
  • 2 free-range eggs
  • 4 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 85ml buttermilk or natural unflavoured yoghurt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract (we tried it with Heilala vanilla, AMAZING!)
  • 1-2 tsp cinnamon to taste (*optional)
Preheat the oven to 180C/Gas 4 and grease a large-sized loaf tin (20cm x 12.5cm should do the job).
Sift the dry ingredients together (flour, bicarbonate of soda, salt and cinnamon if you fancy) into a large mixing bowl.
Grab a separate bowl, and cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
Mix in the eggs, mashed bananas, buttermilk/yoghurt and vanilla extract to the butter and sugar mixture. Fold this into the dry mixture.
Pour the mixture into the greased tin and pop in the oven. Bake for an hour, or until golden-brown and its risen well.
Remove from the oven, allow to cool in the tin for a couple of mins and then turn out onto a wire rack to cool before serving.

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