Orange and Cinnamon Banana Bread

Hi everyone and welcome again to my baking blog. This time we shall be making some banana bread with a little twist, the addition of some orange rind and cinnamon as well as an orange icing. Of course if you wanted to just make a standard banana bread just minus the extra ingredients from your recipe.

I do like to pretend that due to this cake containing bananas it is super healthy 🙂 don’t take my word on that though!

So lets begin…

Ingredients:

250g self-raising flour

250g caster sugar

250g soft margarine

1tsp bicarbonate of soda

4 eggs

2 ripe bananas

Rind of 1 orange

1-2tsp ground cinnamon, to taste

Icing:

Approximately 100g icing sugar and enough orange juice to thicken (this is a variable recipe for icing, depending on whether you wish to cover the whole cake or just drizzle it on top).

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Here’s the method…

Preheat the oven to 190 °C/gas mark 5 and line a large loaf tin/large square cake tin with greaseproof paper.

Combine sieved flour and bicarbonate of soda into a large mixing bowl and add the margarine, sugar and eggs. Using a electric hand mixer or wooden spoon beat the mixture until smooth (don’t overmix though!).

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Next using a fork, mush the bananas up until fairly smooth and add this to the mixture.

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Then grate the orange to remove the rind, if the orange pieces look too large chop these up into smaller pieces.

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Add this and the ground cinnamon to the cake mixture and fold in carefully.

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Add mixture into the prepared tin and cook for 30-40 minutes or until golden brown. Leave to cool on a wire rack and cut into slices/squares.

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To make the icing, sieve icing sugar into a bowl and mix in the freshly squeezed orange juice until it reaches a thick silky consistency. This can be spread over the whole cake or drizzled onto individual slices.

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I hope you enjoy 🙂

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