I’ve recently finished watching Breaking Bad (yes, I’m very late to the party, but so glad I FINALLY got round to watching it!) and if you’ve seen it, you’ve probably got a good idea where this Bacon, Banana and Maple Loaf post has come from. For those who haven’t seen it, or saw it so long ago you have no idea what I’m talking about: There is a small scene where someone brings a receptionist some banana bacon muffins. Now, instead of focusing on the storyline, myself and my boyfriend turned to each other with approved and food jealous looks on our faces. So, I decided to make something similar – Bacon, Banana and Maple Loaf. ENJOY! x
Ingredients for Bacon, Banana and Maple Loaf
7 rashers of bacon
4 rashers of streaky bacon (optional for on top)
125g butter (room temperature)
100g caster sugar
100g maple syrup (+ extra for drizzling)
2 medium eggs
3 medium ripe bananas (mashed with the back of a fork)
300g self raising flour
100ml milk (I used whole, but any kind is fine)
a lined baking sheet, a lined or greased loaf tin, kitchen roll, foil
set oven to grill on a medium/high heat setting
1) Line a baking sheet with foil and grill the 7 rashers of bacon until they are only just cooked (you don’t want any crispy bits!) or you can fry them on a medium heat with a drizzle of oil. Leave them to cool very briefly and then pop them on some kitchen roll and squeeze out the excess fat/liquid. Using scissors, for ease, chop the bacon into small chunks and then set aside.
preheat oven to 180oC
2) In a large bowl whisk together the butter, sugar and maple syrup until light and fluffy (at least 3-4 mins). Then add the eggs, one at a time and whisk again until well incorporated.
3) Chuck in the mashed banana and give it another good whisk.
4) Using a wooden spoon, fold half of the flour and half of the milk into the large bowl until only just combined. Do not over-mix. Repeat with the remaining flour and milk. Lastly, pop in the the chopped bacon and fold again until it is all evenly dispersed.
5) Pour the batter into the prepared baking tin and give it a wiggle from side to side to disperse the air pockets. You can drop it up and down on the top of the counter too to help. Then place on the middle shelf of the pre heated oven for about 40 mins. For the last 10/15 mins cover the top of the loaf with some foil to prevent it from browning too much. It’s done when a skewer inserted comes out clean. Leave to cool briefly on the side while…
6) *OPTIONAL* Grill the extra 4 rashers of streaky bacon on a medium/high heat until crispy (or however you like bacon to taste). Set aside to cool briefly.
7) While these are cooling turn the loaf out onto a wire rack to cool completely and drizzle with a little extra maple syrup. Place your streaky bacon on top of the loaf as well as a little sliced banana, so it looks extra delicious, and there you have it…the loaf of every bacon lovers dreams!