Fair Trade Banana Bread

'Fair Trade Banana Bread

225 g (8 oz) self-raising flour
100 g (4 oz) butter
150 g (5 oz) caster sugar
450 g (1 lb) Fair Trade bananas (the gooier the better) 1⁄2 teaspoon salt

2 eggs
175 g (6 oz) mixed dried fruit


Pre-heat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas Mark 4. Peel and mash the bananas, and then mix all the ingredients except the dried fruit together. You can do this in a food processor, or by hand in a basin. When they're all thoroughly mixed, add the dried fruit. Spoon the mixture into a 1 kg (2 lb) non-stick loaf tin, spread it out evenly and bake it for 11⁄2 hours. The loaf is done when a skewer pushed into its middle comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack before slicing.

Crumbly Banana Squares

175g Fair Trade sugar 175g margarine
225g self raising flour 100g porridge oats

2 medium Fair Trade bananas, mashed 25g sultanas (or similar)
Caster sugar


Warm your oven to 200°C. Cream the sugar and margarine together. Cut in the flour and oats to make a crumbly mixture. Sprinkle half into a baking tray (12 by 8 inch) and press down lightly. Spread over the bananas and sprinkle the dried fruit. Sprinkle the rest of the mixture over and again press down lightly. Bake it for 25 to 30 minutes until golden. To finish sprinkle with caster sugar Wait until it cools (if you can) and cut into appropriately-sized chunks

Chocco Bananas

1 lemon
4 large Fair Trade bananas
1 bar dark Fair Trade chocolate
a sprinkling of Fair Trade Raw Cane Sugar


Peel the bananas and slit them lengthwise for about three quarters of their length.
Break the chocolate into portions and then cut the portions lengthwise. Insert chocolate pieces into the bananas lengthwise and gently close up the bananas. Put some baking foil into an oven proof dish and lay the bananas on top. Juice the lemon, and sprinkle lemon juice and sugar over the bananas. Fold up the foil to seal the bananas. Bake in the oven at Gas Mark 6 for 20 minutes. Gently turn out into serving bowls. Serve hot with cream, or Fair Trade ice cream. '



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