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    Banana bread with spiced ‘butter’

    • Vegetarian
    • Preparation time: 15 minutes
    • Cooking time: 35 minutes to 45 minutes
    • Total time: 50 minutes to 1 hour 60 minutes

    Serves: 12


    4 tbsp light extra virgin olive oil, plus a little for greasing
    2 medium, ripe bananas
    2 medium Waitrose British Blacktail Free Range Eggs
    125g demerara sugar
    ½ tsp vanilla bean paste
    100g wholemeal flour
    1 tsp baking powder
    ½ tsp mixed spice
    Spiced ‘butter’ (optional)
    250g tub ricotta
    Large pinch mixed spice
    1 tbsp tahini
    1 tbsp clear honey, plus extra to serve


    1. Preheat the oven to 170°C, gas mark 3. Grease and line a 900g loaf tin with baking paper.

    2. In a large bowl, mash the bananas with a fork. Add the oil, eggs, sugar and vanilla paste. Mix well. Stir in the flour, baking powder and spice.

    3. Pour into the tin. Bake for 35-45 minutes until golden and a skewer comes out clean when inserted into the centre. Leave to stand in the tin for 5 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely. Cut into slices; toast if you wish.

    4. To make the spiced ‘butter’, mix the ricotta, mixed spice, tahini and honey together in a bowl. Spread generously onto the banana bread. Or toast the bread and top with chopped walnut pieces and extra honey drizzled over. 

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