Ingredients needed to make 1 medium sized loaf
175g/6oz plain flour
1½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp freshly grated or ground nutmeg
60g/2oz rolled oats
250g/8oz light brown sugar
60g/2oz dried cranberries
60g/2oz dried apricots, chopped
120ml/4 fl.oz sunflower or vegetable oil
1 tsp vanilla essence
2 ripe bananas, mashed
Pre-heat the oven to 350°F/175°C/Gas Mark 7. Lightly grease and flour a 8" x 4" loaf tin. Sift the flour, baking powder and nutmeg into a large mixing bowl.
Add the rolled oats, brown sugar, cranberries and apricots and mix well. Make a well in the centre ready to add further ingredients.
Using another bowl, beat the eggs, oil, vanilla essence together (I used Flora Cuisine, in place of regular oil)
and then add the mashed bananas
and mix well.
Pour this mixture into the well made in the dry ingredients in the large mixing bowl.
Stir well until combined and then put the mixture into the loaf tin and cover loosely with grease proof paper (baking parchment), as this will help to prevent the top of your loaf from blackening too much, and place on a low-middle shelf in the oven.
Bake until well risen and golden brown, about 1 hour, and when you insert a cake tester or knife into the centre to test it it should come out with just a crumb or two attached. If it comes out wet then you need to cook it a little longer. Once cooked, allow to cool in the loaf tin on a wire rack for about 10 minutes before turning it out onto the wire rack with the top side up to cool completely. I made multiple loaves this time.
Slice as required and enjoy your home-baking.