Easy Walnut Banana Bread Recipe

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This is an easy and delicious recipe that’s great to employ when you want to save those forgotten, overripe bananas.

What we really like about this banana bread, is how soft it is and how well it preserves for up to a week (depending on your own eating habits:)

You could change this recipe up in several ways: you could cover the loaf in sugar icing or chocolate or swap the sugar for honey.

You will need:

  • 3-4 ripe bananas
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • less than half a cup of oil or melted butter
  • a pinch of salt
  • a teaspoon baking powder
  • walnuts or raisins

This recipe is quick to prepare so I’d advise you to turn your oven on before starting to mix your ingredients, to make sure you have the perfect temperature(170 degrees Celsius, or 330 Fahrenheit) when you’re done.

Firstly, mash the bananas with a blender or a fork, until a smooth puree is formed. In another bowl, mix together, until soft and foamy, the sugar, salt and oil or butter.

Once your mixture is soft and airy, add the smashed bananas and the eggs and mix well, until homogeneous. Add the walnuts (you can use any kind of nuts you want) or raisins. To change the mix of flavours you could add in a bit of orange peel, but be careful not to put too much, as you’ll lose the soft, comforting flavour of the banana.

Mix the baking powder into the flour, the pour into your existing mixture. Pour the mixture into a bread pan, that’s been previously dresses in baking paper.

Bake for 45 minutes or until cooked in the middle and enjoy!

Emilie Griottes: The Ultimate Eye (and Tummy) Candy

“She wrote back!” I almost shouted to my fellow foodie Anna this morning over coffee. You see, a few weeks ago I had discovered the brilliant and talented Emilie Griottes, her Pantone tarts, her sugar snowed meringues and flavoured butters.

Emilie Griottes is a 26 year old Art Director and Foodie living in Paris. Her food styling skills and taste for irresistible eye candy are amazing.

I haven’t seen something this inspiring for some time now, so you can imagine my excitement this morning when Emilie emailed me with the answers to the few (shy) questions I’ve asked her.

Here is the mini-interview :

This Foodie: Who is Emilie Griottes and what does she do? 🙂

Emilie Griottes: “I am a French girl based in paris. I am artistic director, I’ve studied graphic design and I am passionate about cooking and photography!”

Your blog is delicious. You’re painting and illustrating with food. How did it all start?

“As I was doing graphic design, I always liked the relationship cooking and design. A combination of my passion and my profession! So I try to find colors and materials in each dish to make a living picture!”

We first taste a dish with the eye. Then come […] the flavors 

How important is it for you for the food you make and photograph to be tasty?

“We first taste a dish with the eye. Then comes the taste in the mouth, the flavors .. I like the idea that it is disappointed by either one or the other. It must be beautiful to look AND good; its very important! If you are disappointed, the experience will not be as intense!”

Where do you get your ideas from?

“The ideas come from everywhere! A color in the street, a moment in the subway, mouthfeel for a dish. Everything is important! Every little detail of your daily life must be observed. I attach great importance to observation. And sometimes when I sleep I dream of ideas! It’s great! Unless I forget my dreams … ;)”

Every little detail of your daily life must be observed

Apart from Fricote, I saw you started a column in Holly Becker’s Decor8, where else can we find your work?

“I work more for French or American magazines and sites! I would soon be in several places and blogs, but it’s still top secret … ;)”

What cool things are you working on/planning at the moment?

“A little weekend in Stockholm is planned for late April, it’s my leitmotiv ! Otherwise I am preparing a buffet for a birthday, and especially I work for my little Etsy shop! It’s lots of work, I will sell small items for the office! I hope you’ll like it!”

If I like it? The world can’t have enough of Emilie Griottes nowadays so This Foodie is looking forward to seeing more and more of her work.