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Banana Bread!

Just for a delicious change from geek speak, here is my recipe for Banana Bread (more of a cake really).

225g self raising flour
½ teaspoon salt
100g butter or margarine (unsalted)
170g soft dark brown sugar
75g raisins (or sultanas)
2 ripe bananas
½ teaspoon vanilla essence
1 egg, beaten
3 tablespoons milk (or dark rum!)

Oven: 160 oC, 325 oF, Gas Mark 3

If you have time, or are prepared far enough in advance, it's extra tasty if you can soak the raisins overnight in dark rum, any rum that doesn't get adsorbed can substitute the milk in the recipe.

1)Line the bottom of a loaf tin with greaseproof paper and grease it up.

2)Put the flour and salt into a bowl, cut the butter up and add. Rub in until it resembles fine bread crumbs.

3) Stir in sugar and raisins. Mash banana with a fork (Well duh) and add to the mixture with the vanilla essence, egg and milk. Beat.

4) Put in tin.

5) Sift or sprinkle some of the dark sugar over the top of the mixture to give it a delicious sweet crispy top.

6) Cook (on a baking sheet in a pre-heated oven) for an hour and a half until… done.

7) Eat!… Or, if you have the patience, leave it to cool in the tin for ten minutes and then on a rack for some more time.

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