Ba­nana bread with sweet nut but­ter & toasted peanuts

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READY IN 1 hour 10 min­utes plus cooling and chilling time SERVES 10

I pull out this recipe pretty much ev­ery time I no­tice wicked fruit flies eye­ing up my fruit bowl and its pile of ripen­ing ba­nanas. Frus­trat­ingly, when ba­nanas are at their sweet­est, my fickle kids won’t touch them, so into this loaf they go.

1¾ cups self-rais­ing flour ¼ tsp salt ½ cup golden caster sugar ¼ tsp bak­ing soda ¼ cup milk 2 free-range eggs, beaten 75g but­ter, melted 1 cup ripe, mashed ba­nana SWEET TOASTED PEANUTS 2 cups raw peanuts 1/3 cup sugar ¼ cup wa­ter ¼ tsp salt SWEET NUT BUT­TER 1/3 cup but­ter, soft­ened 1/3 cup cream cheese, soft­ened 1/3 cup crunchy peanut but­ter 2 Tbsp ic­ing sugar

1 Pre­heat oven to 180°C fan­bake. Line a stan­dard loaf tin (around 23cm x 12cm) with bak­ing pa­per. Sift flour and salt into a bowl and stir in sugar. 2 In a sep­a­rate large bowl stir the bak­ing soda into the milk un­til it dis­solves. Stir the eggs and melted but­ter into the milk mix­ture, fol­lowed by the ba­nana. Gen­tly fold in the dry in­gre­di­ents and spoon mix­ture into the lined tin. 3 Bake for around 40 min­utes or un­til a skewer in­serted into the cen­tre comes out clean. Leave in tin to cool slightly then re­move and cool on a wire rack. Re­duce oven tem­per­a­ture to 160°C fan­bake. 4 In a large, heavy saucepan, com­bine the peanuts, sugar and wa­ter. Bring to a boil then sim­mer un­til all liquid has just about evap­o­rated (about 10 min­utes), stir­ring ev­ery now and then. Spread peanuts in a sin­gle layer on a lined bak­ing tray and sprin­kle with salt. 5 Bake for about 10-15 min­utes, turn­ing once or twice, un­til dry and lightly browned. Cool com­pletely and store in an air­tight con­tainer. 6 For the sweet nut but­ter, whip all the in­gre­di­ents to­gether with beat­ers or a wooden spoon un­til well com­bined. Spoon into a jar and chill in the fridge. 7 Serve thick slices of ba­nana bread slathered in sweet nut but­ter with a scat­ter­ing of sweet toasted peanuts and a cup of tea.

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