Monday, 31 January 2011

Playing 'Pass the Banana' with Friends and Neighbours.

Closing time at the supermarket seems to reveal a host of surprises. I'm not near any, but a friend lives close to one. She often gets fantastic end of trading day bargains for just a few pennies, so she's great at appearing with bashed fruit that can be used for stewing, jam making or marmalade making.  This is fresh produce that would get binned at the end of the night, so last minute shopping pays well, especially if you're into baking, stewing, winemaking or preserving.

I'm lucky to live within a community where sharing is par for the course. Many of us make the most of our GallowayLETS membership - part of the LETSLinkUK network - by swapping and trading our surplus.

Yesterday, this friend sent neighbour and I over some pretty black speckled bananas that had gone a bit soft and squidgy. I guess that's putting it mildly - I mean these looked vile after being in a bag overnight from Saturday! They turned to mush when attempting to peel them but, joy of of joys, they weren't dark chocolate coloured mush all the way through.

Let the banana breadmaking begin.

Cup of plain flour
Half a cup of sugar
Half a cup of sultanas
Pinch of salt
Pinch of icarbonate of soda
Pinch of baking powder

2 tablespoons melted margarine (or butter, if you're posh/rich/fussy)
Tablespoon of milk
Squirt of lemon juice
1 egg

Mix dry ingredients then combine everything before pouring into your loaf tin. Mine is baking in the breadmaker, so there'll be hot sliced fruit bread for having with coffee soon.

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  1. Like the look of the recipe. How many bananas did you use?

  2. 4 smallish bananas, bulked out with sultanas. Tastes lovely, even although I say do myself. :)


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