Banana Loaves; Winter and Summer Versions

Two versions (both with not-amazing photos) for two seasons and two feelings; partly influence by New Zealand’s summer Christmas. We like to eat all those delicious mixed spiced-fruit mince-pudding desserts, but we also like to embrace all the fruit that graces the kitchen at this time of year. Hence pavlova’s popularity; fresh berries and cream, billowy cream and flowers or layered glory!





The kiwifruit add some colour and texture!



The summer loaf has poppy seeds, citrus and chopped kiwifruit (above) and the winter has mixed spices and chopped fruit and walnuts.




Banana Winter Fruit Loaf Cake
Dry Ingredients:
1.5 cups white flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
2/3 cup brown sugar
Handful raisins
Handful dried apricots, chopped
Handful of walnuts, chopped
Wet Ingredients:
3 small bananas, mashed
1 egg
1/2 cup yogurt
3 Tbsp oil
And Lastly:
1 cup-ish cold water

Banana Summer Fruit Loaf Cake
Dry Ingredients:
2&1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 Tbsp custard powder (could probably leave out)
2 Tbsp desiccated coconut
2 Tbsp poppy seeds
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
Wet Ingredients:
3 small bananas, mashed
1 egg
3 Tbsp oil
Juice of 3 citrus
Splash of bitters
3 kiwifruit, chopped into small pieces
And Lastly:
1 cup-ish water

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celsius and grease a very large loaf tin or a square tin.

In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients. In another bowl, gently mix the wet ingredients. Mix the wet ingredients into the dry with about half of the water, adding more as needed. The mixture will be thick but still pour. Pour into the loaf tin and cook for an hour, until skewer comes out with only a few crumbs on it.

Cool slightly and devour, or store in an airtight container. Makes a rather large loaf and is just as delicious the next day, although the chewy crust is unbeatable when freshly baked!






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