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the mystery of the banana bread recipe is solved!
Funny story…. it would appear that Mr OS’s Grandmother is actually Mary Berry. Mary… if you’re reading, which I’m almost positive you are, I do know that you’re not really my Grandma in-law. Although you did meet my daughter once in the Aga shop so maybe that makes us *almost* related.
The reason for the family heritage/culinary goddess mix up is that Mr OS has been collating recipes into a notebook for a while now. He handwrites the ones he thinks that H will like to have when she’s older. I know. Further reasons why I knew he was The One are apparently obvious now right?
This man has been known to whip up a mean banana bread at the drop of a hat… or two over-ripe bananas to be a bit more precise. Out comes the notebook and within about half an hour, the whole house smells divine.
Because he once mentioned a baking recipe that his real Gran had given him (Hi Gran if you’re reading… which I’m fairly sure you’re not), in my head the Dorset Apple Cake became banana bread. A case of mistaken baking identity if you will. I’m sure this happens to you all the time right?
He’s baked a lot of banana bread recently and we’ve been dishing it out to all and sundry. Keith the Waitrose delivery driver, our dog walker, SarahLou Francis on a recent shoot day… a whole loaf was even promised to our kitchen fitter recently… until we realised that without an oven, it might have been a bit difficult.
And when the inevitable yummy noises are made, I’ve been proudly telling people that it’s Patrick’s Gran’s own recipe.
Maybe I should actually read that notebook properly because… oh look! It says Mary Berry’s banana bread. Oops!
Anyhoo… it tastes remarkably good and is so easy to make. I even attempted it once and it didn’t turn out remotely house brick like at all. So here’s Mary’s banana bread recipe via the magic of Mr OS’s baking skills…
100g Butter Softened
175g Caster Sugar
2 Ripe Bananas Mashed
225g Self-Raising Flour
1 Tsp Baking Powder
2 Tbsp Milk
Lightly grease a loaf tin and line with baking parchment. Pre-heat the oven to 180ºc.
Measure out all the ingredients into a mixing bowl and using an electric whisk, beat for about two minutes until well blended.
Spoon mixture into the prepared tin and level off the surface with a knife.
Bake for about one hour until well risen and golden brown. Test with a fine skewer into the middle and it should come out dry.
Leave to cool in the tin for a few minutes and then turn out onto a wire rack.
Put the kettle on, cut yourself a large slice and prepare to call
Patrick’s Gran Mary Berry a baking genius!
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