Recipe 27 Mary Berry Banana and Honey Teabread

I had a few days off work as I won tickets to Goodwood. It was a great day and meant I spent a long weekend back at my parents house. On the Sunday, I fancied doing a little baking and spotted some browning bananas I could salvage. I found a recipe in one of mum's favourite recipe books, Mary Berry's Baking Bible for Banana and Honey Teabread and thought it sounded perfect!

225 g (8 oz) self-raising flour
¼ level teaspoon freshly
grated nutmeg
100 g (4 oz) butter
225 g (8 oz) bananas
100 g (4 oz) caster sugar
grated rind of 1 lemon
2 large eggs
6 tablespoons thick pale honey

For the topping
2 tablespoons honey
nibbed sugar or crushed sugar
cubes, for sprinkling

1 Pre-heat the oven to 160°C/Fan 140°C/Gas 3. Lightly grease a 900 g (2 lb) loaf tin then line the base with baking parchment.
2 Measure the flour and nutmeg into a large bowl and rub in the butter using your fingertips until the mixture resembles
fine breadcrumbs.
3 Peel and mash the bananas and stir into the flour mixture, along with the sugar, lemon rind, eggs and honey. Beat well
until evenly mixed, then turn into the prepared tin and level the surface.
4 Bake in the pre-heated oven for about 1¼ hours or until a fine skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Cover the
teabread loosely with foil during the end of the cooking time if it is browning too much. Leave to cool in the tin for a few minutes
then turn out, peel off the parchment and finish cooling on a wire rack.
5 To make the topping, gently warm the honey in a small pan then brush over the top of the cold teabread. Sprinkle with the nibbed sugar.
 I decided not to add the topping as I don't like things too sweet. I did have to cover in foil about 25 minutes before the end as it went brown quite quickly. Even though I did leave it in for the amount specified, and a stick came out clean, I feel it needed a little more time in the oven. Saying that, it was nice and light and I really enjoyed the slight nutmeg flavour which worked really well with the banana.


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