Nelly Elliott

Newcastle based person, she/her, mama, creative, colourful, caffeinated, plus-size fashion lover, lefty feminist killjoy #funbutmakeitfashion


Mum's Banana Bread

This weeks posts are taking on a bit of a Mother theme, my Mum has been on my mind a lot lately. Its been nearly 5 years since we lost her, which is just crazy. I still go through a range of emotions each day, from sadness that she's missing things, to anger that she's not here, to warmth and happiness when I think of the good times we shared. Grief is a unruly beast. I am keen to keep her memory alive and make sure Zoe knows about her Grams who she never got to meet.

My Mum's banana bread had a bit of a legendary status when I was growing up. Looking back she probably didn't actually bake it that often, but I remember it vividly. It's funny how memory works, the smell of this bread baking takes me right back to being 8 and watching my Mum in the kitchen, singing along to Chris De Burgh. Baking this bread is a great way to keep Mum's memory alive, I want Zoe to have fond memories of it and know that it was passed down with love. It makes me feel warm and fussy to think of Zoe baking this one day for her Daughter.

This is such a quick all-in-one recipe, which you can whip up in minutes. Its great for packed lunches or just for cutting slivers off throughout the day, then wondering where all the banana bread went.

250g Plain Flour
115g Caster Sugar
115g Softened Butter
1 tsp Baking Powder
2 large eggs
2 over ripe bananas

I started by mashing the bananas with the two eggs, then threw all of the other ingredients into the kitchenaid and mixed on medium speed until incorporated. Bake at 180C for 35-40 minutes until a skewer comes out clean and your house smells amazing!

It really couldn't be easier.

Are there any recipes that take you back to your childhood?