Monday, April 28, 2008

Nigella Lawson — Banana Bread
from How to be a Domestic Goddess

What to do when you have overripe bananas lying around?
Make banana bread, of course.

I wanted to share some comfort food since the weather outside is so dreary. There is no better way to warm up a damp, rainy day than with homey aromas and sumptuous flavors. And Nigella does homey and sumptuous so well!

Nigella soaks golden raisins (also known as Sultanas) in bourbon or dark rum for this recipe. Apple or orange juice may be substituted if you’re looking for a non-alcoholic alternative. However, Nigella writes:

How to be a Domestic Goddess Cookbook by Nigella Lawson

If you’re thinking about giving this cake to children, don’t worry, the alcohol doesn’t pervade: you just end up with stickily, aromatically swollen fruit.
– Nigella Lawson, from
How to be a Domestic Goddess

I can personally attest to the aromatic qualities of this sweet bread and must confess that the plump, juicy raisins were my favorite part. It tasted delectably rich and oh, so satisfying.

Don’t you just want to carve off a slice, slather on some butter and take a bite? Click on the Banana Bread Bake-Off event link below for the recipe, plus photos of Lorraine's loaf. (Loaves, actually. She baked four different ones!)

I found this Banana Bread Bake-Off event on the Not Quite Nigella website.

Click on the links to see how Nigella’s recipe fared against three competitors or send in your own banana bread entry.

This cupcake-lovin' blogger even has a recipe for Meatloaf and Mash Cupcakes!

Not Quote Nigella is my kind of creative baker! You go, girl!

1 comment:

IsDihara said...

I received this lovely note below from Lorraine over at Not Quite Nigella and I wanted to share it with all my readers:

Hi IsDihara,

After your spectacular entry for the Banana Bread Bake off earlier this year, I'd just like to invite you to participate in my November Ultimate Chocolate Cake event. It finishes on November 30 and I'm giving away 3 ballotine boxes of truffles.

I hope you can make it!

Thanks, Lorraine!

I'm always game to play When the payoff is chocolate cake on my kitchen counter. By upping the stakes with chocolate truffles, you make this challenge too good to resist!

I look forward to joining in the November Ultimate Chocolate Cake Challenge. So watch this blog for details of my entry.