This week my recipe has been inspired by the lavender fields of Provence and the hope of some good summer weather to come.
I love the smell of lavender and it’s calming and soothing properties and by adding lavender into this banana loaf recipe I think you get that delicious summer calm feeling.
This loaf is moist with a lot of substance and is a perfect with your cuppa. It really does melt in the mouth. The recipe is so easy to follow and comes out perfect every time.
When adding the bananas make sure they are ripe and easy to mash…. This makes it great to bake when you have bananas in your fruit bowl that need using up.
If you wanted to make this loaf with a bit more sweetness then you could always add chocolate chips to the recipe, an addition that always goes down well with my boys!
It keeps well in an airtight container and I think always tastes better after a day.
I used mini loaf cases from Marks and Spencer’s but most supermarkets stock these if you wanted to make smaller individual loaves like I did.
The smell of lavender is one that instantly transports me to a summer's day and I am a sucker for any dessert that includes this extract in its ingredients - shortbread and icecream are both the better for a little drop of this gorgeous pale purple herb if you ask me!
We always like to check where we can send people for their ingredients and I happen to know that Diane at Provender Brown carries good quality lavender essence - do let us know of other suppliers in Perthshire.
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NickiBy Nicola Martin