May 14, 2018

Mr OS Bakes | The (In)Famous Banana Bread Recipe

Mary Berrys banana bread recipe

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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.

Mr OS Bakes banana bread

adding eggs to cake mix

beating together ingredients for banana bread

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.

Banana Bread mix ready to go into the oven

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!

Banana Bread fresh out of the oven

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 Eggs
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.

Banana Bread on kitchen counter top

a slice of Banana Bread a cup of tea and a magazine

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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6 comments on “Mr OS Bakes | The (In)Famous Banana Bread Recipe”

  1. I really enjoy reading your blog – but since your “update”, the typeface is soooo small, that I have to look at the pictures, and then wait until I have better light, or the time to fiddle with the computer to make the typeface larger. Am I the only one?? If so, I will deal with it. If not, is there any way you can make it larger?

    1. Hey Bridget!
      Thank you so much for the feedback and you know what, I think I kind of agree with your thoughts! I think I’ve noticed how small the font looks since I had the images made larger so think I’ll take a poll and see what others think too.
      Thanks so much for taking the time to let me know and I’ll see what I can do!
      Amanda xx

  2. That looks similar to my recipe which came to me courtesy of the Betty Crocker cookbook – I have never heard of Mary Berry but it appears she is the Betty Crocker of the UK? Ridiculously easy and, apparently, well loved. I say “apparently” because I’m not a real fan of banana bread but I make it because 1) over ripe bananas (of course) and 2) people love it.

    I LOVE that you’ve been claiming this is his Gran’s recipe! Too funny.

    1. I think you could be right Gigi – Mary could be the UK’s Betty equivalent! Urgh to over ripe bananas – they smell so bad! But am glad that in the cake, they taste SO good! Feel like such a doofus saying it was his Gran’s recipe but hey… I clearly didn’t read the notebook!
      Here’s to more mis-placed food credits soon!
      A xxx

  3. 18 year old son on study leave is making this as I type – he’s realised that this could be good for his cooking repertoire when he goes to university in October!!!

    1. Perfect! Its such an easy thing to bake – if I can get it to turn out well then I think anyone can do it! And oh my… university in October! Sending you lots of luck for that Amanda xx

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