Boxing Day Banana Bread , Bacon & Maple Syrup

  • Waking up on Boxing Day after a BIG family Christmas Day and wondering what to start the day with??  Try this delicious Banana Bread served with crispy bacon, fresh banana and slathered in maple syrup.  It is heavenly and you will have them coming back for more.  Best part is that you can make it days ahead, slice it and freeze it and then just pull it out of the freezer and toast it ready to eat.  Great to eat any time but especially great the day after Christmas.

    Ingredients:

    Melted butter or oil for greasing tin

    300gms (2 cups) plain flour

    3 tsp baking powder

    2 tsp ground cinnamon

    90g (1/2) cup sultanas

    70g (1/3 cup raw sugar

    185g (3/4 cup) milk

    100g butter, cubed & melted

    1 egg, lightly whisked

    1 tsp vanilla essence

    250g (1 cup) mashed ripe banana (about 2 bananas)

     

    Method:

    Preheat oven to 180°C

    Brush a 6cm-deep, 9.5 x 22cm (base measurement) loaf pan with melted butter or oil to grease.  Line the base and sides with non-stick baking paper.

    Sift the flour, baking powder and cinnamon together into a large mixing bowl.  Stir in sultanas and sugar, and make a well in the centre.

    Combine the milk, butter, egg, vanilla essence and banana in a large jug.  Pour into the centre of the flour mixture and use a wooden spoon to stir until combined.

    Spoon the mixture into the prepared pan and bake in preheated oven for 45 - 50 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the loaf comes out clean.  Set aside for 5 minutes before turning onto a wire rack to cool.

    Once cool, cut the loaf into 1cm-thick slices.  Lightly butter each slice and wrap individually in plastic wrap.

    Place in freezer until required.

    HINT:  Remove frozen from the freezer, unwrap and toast under a griller or heat in a sandwich maker.  Serve with crisp bacon, some extra sliced banana and pure maple syrup.

    Absolute heaven.  JJJ  Better make two because one will be gone before you know it!!