Use ripe bananas for the best flavour – it does not matter if they are black on the outside! Recipe from AGA Demonstrator Dawn Roads.
1 x 450/500g loaf tin (1lb loaf tin), buttered and lined with baking parchment
115g (4oz) butter
115g (4oz) sugar
2 ripe bananas, mashed
115g (4oz) self raising flour
½ tsp baking powder
1 egg, beaten
85g (3oz) wholemeal flour
55g (2oz) walnuts, chopped
1. Cream the butter and sugar together until soft and fluffy, then mix in the mashed banana. Fold in the self raising flour, baking powder and egg, then the wholemeal flour and the walnuts. Turn into a well-greased 450g (1lb) loaf tin, such as the small AGA Loaf Tin.
2. Cook on the grid shelf on the floor of the baking oven for 50-60 minutes. If your AGA does not have a baking oven, cook on the grid shelf on the floor of the roasting oven with the cold plain shelf on the second runners down, until risen and set, about 40 minutes, then transfer to the simmering oven for 20-30 minutes until completely cooked.
Rayburn: Cook just below the centre of the oven set at 180°C for about 50 minutes
Conventional oven: Cook in the centre of the oven at 180ºC, fan oven 160°C, Gas Mark 4 for about 50 minutes.
3. Check the cake is cooked by inserting a skewer into the centre of the loaf cake, if it comes out clean the cake is done. Cool for 15 minutes then remove from the tin and cool on a rack. Cut into slices.