A perfectly baked rum and raisin banana bread that’s so moist and chock full of raisins and nuts. Go crazy with your favourite dried fruit and nuts with this one!
There’s something so indescribably satisfying about making your own home-baked rum and raisin banana bread. Especially when it’s your first.
Every time I bake this, I know I’m in for a glorious sweet treat.
Crazy cravings come on almost instantaneously when that wonderful, almost heady, fruity aroma of bananas, begin wafting through my kitchen.
It’s like having an aromatherapy session. But so much better, because this actually puts yummy into my tummy!
And if you’re just starting to get into baking, nothing could be easier than banana bread. It’s a real confidence booster! Especially when it seems almost too easy to make one that turns out this good.
And wherever you are, I’m sure it’s not hard to find banana bread lovers. It’s always well received and thoroughly enjoyed.
So if you ever get stumped on what to bring to a pot-luck or gathering, a sweet treat of banana bread hardly ever disappoints.
I know it’s so easy to buy bakery-made ones these days. But I find that fresh home-baked banana bread are always appreciated.
Nigella Lawson’s banana bread recipe
I’ve read so much about Nigella Lawson’s banana bread recipe that I simply had to give it a try. I know every baker’s probably got their go-to favourite recipe. Maybe even a couple!
I have a few of my own favourites, Western as well as Asian-inspired. But there’s something really quite outstanding about Nigella’s recipe. It always makes a perfectly-baked and deliciously moist banana bread.
Tips for making your perfect banana bread (Nigella would approve!)
Over-ripe bananas give the best flavour!
Ever since I started using over-ripe bananas, I haven’t looked back! They always deliver the most intense sweetness and flavour when baked.
Over-ripe bananas aren’t just those in yellowing banana skins with a few black spots. I literally wait till the banana skins are freckled all over, even turning brown black in parts!
But let’s face it! When we get the baking itch, we just can’t wait, right? If your bananas look like they’ve got some way to go before becoming ripe, here is how you can get your bananas to ripen quickly.
Liquor and non-liquor substitutes for rum
Of course, if you ask me, I think the dark rum-infused raisins or sultanas do really make the bread here. But you will hardly taste it, it’s so subtle.
In addition to rum or dark rum, other liquors namely brandy, bourbon, bourbon whiskey, and banana liquers like Bols Creme de Banane, also work very well in banana bread.
If you’d like an alcohol-free banana bread, use water, lemon juice, orange juice or apple juice. My favourite choices are water and lemon juice, because of the little or no sugar content.
As it is, dried fruit tend to be sweetened and can have quite a bit of sugar in them. By gently simmering in water or lemon juice, some of these sugars can be leached out of the fruit.
Toasted nuts add crunch and a more intense, nutty taste!
Nuts in banana bread are a wonderful combo! In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever had banana bread without nuts. But if you can’t have nuts or are simply not a fan, it’s as easy as omitting the nuts entirely. Or even better, you can sub out the nuts with any of these tasty alternatives.
Which nuts can you use? Oh my, the simplest answer is virtually any nut you love! Walnuts, pecans (which I used here), cashews, macadamias, pistachios, almonds – all work well in banana bread.
More importantly, when using nuts in baking quick breads and cakes like this, it’s a good habit to always toast the nuts. Toasting the nuts always intensifies their sweet, savoury, nutty flavour.
After toasting, let the nuts cool before adding into the cake batter. A little tip! Toss the nuts in a little flour to lightly coat. This way, you can help prevent the nuts from mostly settling towards the bottom of the batter in the pan.
Here are more awesome recipes to inspire your next bake:
- Really, Really Moist Banana Sponge Cake
- Banana Butter Cake
- Blueberry Muffins – Big, Bold & Blue
- Fig and Cherry Cake
- Almond Cherry Muffins- A Perfect Indulgence for Afternoon Tea
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