When you are on to a good thing you stick to it. Right?
This is my ‘good thing’ loaf recipe which I use all the time as it is so easy to make and adapt to whatever you have on hand. It was originally the base for my Banana Bread which is a regular lunch box filler and after school snack.
Basic Loaf Recipe
half cup butter
half a cup of sugar
two free range eggs
one and a half cups of self-raising flour
pinch of salt
Preheat oven 180ºC and line one loaf tin with greaseproof paper.
Beat butter and sugar until well creamed.
Add eggs and beat again.
Stir in flour and salt.
Add any other dry ingredients at this stage.
Bake in a loaf tin for approximately 35 minutes. Allow to cool before turning out.
Pear and Raspberry Loaf
In addition to the recipe above, add one cup of frozen raspberries, a teaspoon of vanilla essence as well as a thinly sliced pear after the flour has been stirred through.
Apple & Date (Add two cups of sliced apple and chopped dates)
Sultana & Apple (Add two cups of sliced apple and sultanas)
Rhubarb & Strawberry (Add two cups of stewed rhubarb and chopped fresh strawberries)
Banana & Chocolate (Add two mashed bananas and half a cup of choc chips)
Cranberry & White Chocolate (Add half a cup of dried cranberries and half cup white chocolate)
Coffee & Walnut (Add one tablespoon of instant coffee)
Blueberry & Lemon (Add a cup of frozen blueberries and zest of one lemon)
Apricot & Orange (Add one cup of chopped dried apricots and zest of one orange)
Mango & Macadamia (Add one cup of chopped dried mango and half cup chopped macadamias)
* Remember that your loaves will differ in texture, denseness and moisture, depending on what ingredients you add to your mixture. Do not add any fruit that is substantially wet as it will affect the stability of the bake.