Monday, March 23, 2015

A Little Boozy but Very Moist Banana Bread (Nigella Lawson)

I have to bake this Nigella Lawson's banana bread!!!

All because Joyce from Kitchen Flavours said that this recipe is really really really GOOD! It is true! This banana bread is really really really GOOD! It is extra moist with lots of banana and extra delicious and extra fragrant with rum-plumped up sultanas.

Not convinced? I hope that these photos say it all...

Nigella Lawson banana bread loaf cake
A very moist and delicious banana bread made with a Nigella Lawson recipe
Instead of using 4 small bananas , I'm using 2 1/2 large ones.
Sorry, darling! I have "stolen" a little rum from you :p
This boiling step vaporises the alcohol content of the rum, making this a kid-friendly cake to eat.
Making this cake batter is super easy! All I did is to stir...
... stir, stir ...
... pour and bake!
Nigella Lawson banana bread loaf cake
Super easy and super yummy!

Still not convinced? I wish that I can incorporate smells and texture into my photos and words but obviously, I can't. Well, you just have to believe Joyce and me.

Is this cake a little boozy? I like to assume that the boiling step helps to vaporise the alcohol content of the rum, making the cake more child-friendlier eat. Well, in this recipe, Nigella said not to worry giving this cake to children too!!! However, if this is your concern, you might wish to substitute the rum with fruit juice or other non-alcoholic liquid.

Here's the recipe from the book, How to be a Domestic Goddess or here
(with my modification and notes in blue)

Make one large loaf
100 g sultanas
75ml dark rum or bourbon (I used Bacardi rum)
175g plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda (replaced with baking powder)
1/2 tsp salt
125g unsalted butter, melted
150g caster sugar (reduced to 100g)
2 large eggs
4 small very ripe bananas (mashed) (or 2 1/2 large banana, about 1 1/2 cup)
60g chopped walnuts
1 tsp vanilla extract

Put the sultanas and rum or bourbon in a smallish saucepan and bring to the boil. Remove from the heat, cover and leave for an hour if you can, or until the sultanas have absorbed most of the liquid, then drain.

Preheat the oven to 170ºC or gas mark 3 or 325ºF or 150ºC fan forced and get started on the rest. Put the flour, baking powder, bicarb and salt in a medium-sized bowl and, using your hands or a wooden spoon, combine well.

In a large bowl, mix the melted butter and sugar and beat until blended. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then the mashed bananas. Then, with your wooden spoon, stir in the walnuts, drained sultanas and vanilla extract. Add the flour mixture, a third at a time, stirring well after each bit. Scrape into a loaf tin (23 x 13 x 7 cm / 9 x 5 x 3 inches - I used 9 x 5 inches pan) and bake in the middle of the oven for 1-1/4 hrs (I baked mine for 1 hr 8 mins). When it's ready, an inserted toothpick or fine skewer should come out cleanish. Leave in the tin on a rack to cool, and eat thickly or thinly sliced, as you prefer - A thick slice for me, please!!!

Happy Baking
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  1. WOW! This moist banana cake definitely looks yummy. I'm going to get more bananas :D

  2. I am totally convinced Zoe. Your picture of the yummy cake says it all. I loved the plump and juicy looking sultanas in it. Can you reserve a big slice for me please?

  3. What's the difference between banana cake and banana bread? I always hear banana bread, but I don't care, I know it's sure nice, I just eat only.. Your banana bread has a lot of liew, oooo and booze too.. I like.. Very sexy and high class banana bread leh..Look at those big chunks of walnuts and raisins, who doesn't like? I know I always say the same thing, but this one, I can finish everything, no problem..

  4. Hi Zoe,
    I'm so glad that you have tried out this Nigella's recipe! It is GOOD! I like it so much that I ate almost all of the cake that time when I baked it! Haha! After baking a few other banana cakes, I still like this one the most!

  5. I can see why both you and Joyce recommend looks so good with those boozy raisins! :)

  6. Hi Zoe,
    It looks absolutely gorgeous! Thank you for hosting lotsa giveaways too. I do love them! ^.^

  7. 这个好好吃。我做过了几次。味道非常好的。真是要提起小姆子。嘻嘻嘻 ~

  8. Hi Zoe,
    Looks like this recipe is HR = highly recommended. Oh this banana bread looks so yummy ! Thick or thin slice does matter to me ... 1 slice please ! ... hee hee...

  9. OH DAMN. This looks AMAZING. I personally never drink any liqueurs or spirits on their own or even in cocktails but I can already imagine how damn good this taste! Especially since the raisins have been soaked!

  10. It's amazing how even the photography shows it's not dry!

  11. Zoe, the moment I heard rum, I am already convinced! I saw Joyce's post on this cake and meant to bake it but somehow didn't :(

  12. love the softness of bread and wow loaded with sultanas

  13. This is an extremely dreamy cake! Sultanas simmered in rum! Very nice and simply to prepare banana cake to have anytime of the day

  14. I have always loved Banana bread...this one looks super moist and yumm..would love to have it for tea..

  15. I love liqueur/spirit in cakes...I know your cake sure taste very good.

  16. I love cakes with rum or whatever spirit in it...your cake I know for sure will taste very good.

  17. Absolutely heavenly banana bread.... :)

  18. Zoe ... once again, thanks for posting a great recipe for us to try. I'm wondering what alternative email is as I'm trying to email you about your bake alongs. Sadly, your gmail email is at max capacity. Thanks!

  19. Very nice photos! Great looking banana bread!

  20. YUM! We love banana bread in our house, but banana bread with rum sounds a-maz-ing!!

  21. This banana bread looks amazing! I'll definitely skip the boiling of the alcohol and just leave it to steep overnight, the more boozy it is, the better for me! ;)

  22. Wow, this Banana Bread looks awesome. I have just made the easy recipe today, as it was my first attempt, just bananas, no extras, its cooling now, and cant wait to try a slice. Will most definitely be attempting this one as soon as I have more bananas :)