Banana and walnut bread with a lime drizzle

8
1 hour 30 minutes

Ingredients

Banana bread

  • 225g of self-raising flour
  • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tsp ground mixed spice
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 75g of unsalted butter, softened
  • 175g of soft light brown sugar
  • 2 free-range eggs, beaten (medium)
  • 450g of banana, black or very ripe, peeled and mashed
  • 100g of walnuts, chopped

Lime drizzle

  • 2 limes, zested and juiced
  • 75g of caster sugar

Method

1
Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas mark 4. Grease and line 2 x 1lb (450g) loaf tins with butter and baking paper
2
Mix together the flour, bicarbonate of soda, mixed spice and salt in a large mixing bowl
3
Cream the butter and sugar together until pale and fluffy, then add the beaten eggs and flour mixture alternately, mixing well between each addition
4
Stir in the mashed bananas and walnuts, and mix well
5
Spoon the mixture into the prepared tins and bake in preheated oven for 1 ¼ hours, or until well risen and dark golden brown
6
Meanwhile, place the lime zest, juice and sugar into small pan and heat until the sugar has dissolved; prick the loaves all over with a skewer and pour the lime syrup over both loaves whilst still in the tin
7
After 5-10 minutes, remove the loaves from the tins and cool them on a wire rack before serving in thick slices