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Sour Cream and Banana Loaf

By Mariealicerayner @MarieRynr
Sour Cream and Banana Loaf
One might be forgiven for thinking that this looks quite remarkable . . . boring and understated . . . plain and un-imposing . . . proof positive that you must never judge a book by it's cover . . . for if you were to . . .
Sour Cream and Banana Loaf
Judge this particular book by it's cover . . . and give it a pass, you'd be missing something quite, quite wonderfully delicious.
Sour Cream and Banana Loaf
For underneath that plain brown wrapper, lies one of the most beautifully moist and delicious banana loaves you could ever want to eat . . . each bite is an explosion of wonderful banana flavour, all moist and rich and buttery . . . and if you have added the toasted nuts (and I highly recommend that you do!) you have the added crunch and extra texture of something decidedly scrummy!
Sour Cream and Banana Loaf
It's delicious sliced when cold, and spread with softened butter. It goes down a real treat, I promise you this. But . . . here's a little secret . . .
Sour Cream and Banana Loaf
Pop some into the toaster, or under the grill, and toast it until it is gilded brown and crunchy on the edges . . . then spread it with cold butter . . . the butter melting into all that golden crunch. Just look at those doubly toasted walnuts . . . oh so yummy . . .
Sour Cream and Banana Loaf
The Toddster just loves this.   And, I confess . . . I do too.   I think I would rather have a few toasted and butteres slices of this for breakfast more than anything else . . .  even more than cold pizza.
Sour Cream and Banana Loaf
*Sour Cream Banana Loaf*
Makes one 9 by 5 inch loaf
Printable Recipe
Deliciously moist with a great banana flavor. I like to add toasted walnuts to mine, but you can add pecans or even chocolate chips.
4 ounces butter at room temperature (1/2 cup)
7 ounces caster sugar (1 cup)
1 tsp pure vanilla
2 large free range eggs, at room temperature
6 1/2 ounces plain flour (1 1/2 cups)
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 medium bananas, peeled and mashed
125ml of sour cream (1/2 cup)
Optional:
2 ounces chopped toasted walnuts or pecans (1/2 cup)
or
3 ounces chocolate chips (1/2 cup)
Preheat the oven to 180*C/350*F/ gas mark4. Butter a 9 by 5 inch loaf tin and line it with baking paper. Set aside.
Cream together the butter and the sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time. Whisk together the flour, soda and salt and then stir into the creamed mixture. Stir in the mashed bananas and the sour cream until combined. Stir in the nuts if using. Spoon into the prepared pan and smooth over the top.
Bake for 1 hour until well risen and firm to the touch, and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Tip out of the pan onto a wire rack. Carefully peel off the paper and tip back upright. Let cool completely before cutting. Wrap airtight to store.
Note: This is lovely served at room temperature, sliced and spread with butter. Or, toast it in a toaster until the edges get crisp and golden and serve it hot and spread with butter. Delicious!

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