I discovered fruit loaves in England.
The cheap, plastic-wrapped kind, that you get for 0,50£ from Asda’s discount shelf next to the rhubarb pie, which was also 0,50£.
And I would bring it home, in the rain, under my jacket, because who wants soggy fruit bread, or any kind of soggy bread for that matter.
A cup of strong English tea with milk (yes, plant-based), a blankie and me in the sunroom, watching the raindrops fall on the glass ceiling and listening to Doro’s ‘Let love rain on me’.
So, there’s an emotional connection here, me and fruit loaves and English tea, and it hasn’t lost its appeal since then. I started making my own to bring back the memories. Afterall we have no ASDA in Greece and there’s not usually a lot of rain either. A friend showed me this website ‘Rainy Mood’ so rain-sounds at your fingertips with a simple click if you wish to experience the full package. Not sponsored or anything, my friends are just cool like that and will show you all sorts of awesome stuff.
My version is vegan, super simple and you can add to it as you wish with dried fruit, seeds, spices or grains. This recipe yields a big, satisfying loaf, but double it if you wish, I promise you, it will not go to waste. Tell them it’s vegan after they try it and have the camera handy to capture the look on their faces.
It’s that good.
3 ripe bananas
1 apple (go seasonal and use pears, peaches, cherries whatever you have handy)
1 cup wholewheat flour
1cup plant-based milk
1/4cup vegetable oil
2 tablespoon flaxseed
5 tablespoon water
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2cup apple sauce
1 cup mixed dried fruit and nuts or seeds and grains or whatever you have handy. Raisins are my fave.
A pinch of salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Preheat the oven to a medium temperature and line a baking loaf or two.
Soak the flaxseed with the water for a few minutes while you mush the bananas with a fork. Leave chunks, we don’t mind, au contraire, it gives the banana bread a nice, rustic touch. Dice the apple or whatever fruit you are using.
Mix the flour with the baking powder. Add the cinnamon and salt.
Pour in the milk and oil, add the apple sauce, whisk it like you mean it.
Fold in the fresh fruit and dried fruit and seeds. Pour into the baking loaf and bake while you wait impatiently staring at the oven. (optional, but works wonders). It should take about 30 minutes, depending on your oven and levels of impatience.
Make the strong English tea, hit play on the rain sounds. Leave me a comment to tell me how much you love me.
I love you too,