More often than not, I get late night cravings for something sweet and as tedious as it may sound, I actually prefer to pull out ingredients from the pantry and bake from scratch. Yes, I could easily just open up the pantry and get something instant to eat but somehow the act of that doesn't seem to satisfy and I end up eating more than I should. Alternatively, to bake something from scratch, you can pick what you want to bake and can choose that recipe that will hit the spot. And sometimes, it's really just the welcome distraction of baking that will take my mind off munching on unnecessary late night snacks. I'll finish my baking and decide that I really wasn't all that hungry after all.
Continuing the list of loaves I've made lately, here's a recipe for a banana, blueberry & orange loaf.
Recipe adapted from Carol Pastor's 'Simple Home Baking'. Funny enough, I actually bought this recipe book for all her madeleine recipes and I haven't made a single one yet! Will get to it though.
Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Beat 85g softened butter with 115g caster sugar until light and creamy. Gradually add 1 lightly beaten egg and stir in until the mixture is smooth and well combined. Sift in 225g self raising flour, pinch of salt, 2 tsp baking powder. In a separate bowl, mash together 4 medium sized bananas. Add banana mash to the creamed butter mixture along with 125g blueberries (in my recipe, I've used frozen blueberries), and rind of 2 medium oranges. Fold together gently. Pour the mix into a lined loaf tin. Bake for 60 minutes until a skewer comes out clean (recipe actually says 45 minutes but my loaf was nowhere near baked!)
Bizarrely enough, this loaf didn't have such a browned crust like the banana loaf I made in my last post. Note that the frozen blueberries do make parts of the loaf slighly gooey when it first comes out of the oven making the loaf hard to cut but rest overnight, you'll be able to slice away quite easily (and to be honest, I think this is a loaf that tastes better the next day).
You might've noticed that I haven't included a whole lot of photos in this post like I usually do. It was a spur of the moment decision to bake and I got quite carried away and simply forgot to take the photos. I can assure you though that this was a very lovely loaf and I will most certainly be making it again.