250g salted butter
260g brown sugar
4 eggs beaten
6 soft bananas - mashed
200g of chopped, pitted dates
480g plain flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon (or other spices you like e.g. mixed spice, nutmeg)
a handful of dried cranberries mixed in at the end if you like them ...
Preheat oven to 170C - not too hot or it will not cook properly all the way through
Cream butter & sugar, add eggs, beating between & adding a little of the flour if it curdles.
Mix in the bananas & dates, fold in the flour, baking powder & vanilla extract then mix in the cranberries.
Spoon into the lined loaf tins & bake in a preheated oven for about 55 minutes, less for the muffins. Test with a sharp knife to see if it is baked through.
Cool slightly in the tins then turn onto a cooling rack. Really lovely eaten warm with some butter.
It keeps well for a few days & I also slice any remaining loaf & freeze it so a slice or two can be enjoyed at any time ....
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