Eileen's Banana Bread, Aga Style

My wife makes the best banana bread in the world. Then I went and bought an Aga. The banana bread suffered. It burned on top, raw in the center. All the wonderful things we heard about Agas being a bakers best friend went out the window. But she pressed on, learning the nuance, switching ovens, longer cooking times. The result: My wife's banana bread is now out of this world. The Aga will make all sides of the bread crispy and chewy with a moist center that is worthy of a throwdown with Bobby Flail and his gaggle of traveling cooks.

Originally she was going to do this post but a bout with the flu has kept her at bay. I'm sure she would have gone on about how I stepped in and tried to improve her recipe. I whipped the eggs, swapped out butter for oil, sifted and folded. No avail. I even made one with no sugar. She thinks it was a mistake on my part. I'm pretty sure I wanted to try it with no sugar, yeah that's it, no sugar. Me over think a recipe. Blasphemy!

step one: get bananas

step two: mix it all up

Let's see how it went down in the Agakitchen

Eileen's Banana Bread

pre heat your oven to 350, Aga owners use the Baking Oven & Simmer Oven

  • 4 crazy rotten bananas, we hang them from our pot rack so they rot nice and even, when good and rotten you can freeze them
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup veg oil
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup sugar,
  • demerara sugar to sprinkle on top

Crush the bananas with a fork

Mix all dry ingredients in bowl

Add the wet ingredients and mix, don't over mix

Fill a greased loaf pan with the batter and sprinkle liberally with demerara sugar on top

Bake in a greased loaf pan for 90 minutes in a 350 oven. I use a 5 x 11 silicone pan

Check after an hour and cover with foil to protect from over browning. Isn't over browning really a fancy group of words for "burning"? Guilty. A skewer should come clean when you test the bread. Better to over cook than under cook. Over cooking will be a little more crusty.

Aga Instructions

With the rack on the floor and theplane shelf in bake for 30 minutes in the Baking Oven and 60 minutes in the Simmer Oven. A skewer should come clean when you test the bread. Better to over cook than under cook. Over cooking will be a little more crusty.

step three: eat the bread