July 1st marks Canada’s national day, which celebrates the joining of the British North American colonies of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and the Province of Canada into a federation of four provinces, and a single country that we know today as Canada. And nothing says Canada more than maple syrup, so to celebrate the National, we baked a banana bread with a Canadian twist.
Walnut, Maple and Banana Bread with Whipped Maple Butter
1/2 cup melted butter
1/2 cup maple syrup
3 large ripe bananas, mashed
1/4 cup milk
2 cups plain flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
For the whipped maple butter
200g butter, at room temperature
1 tablespoon maple syrup
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees (350F) and grease a loaf tin.
In a large bowl, mix the melted butter and maple syrup, then beat in the egg and mashed bananas. In a separate bowl, mix the flour, baking power and nuts. Add the banana mixture and mix until just combined.
While the loaf is cooking, prepare the whipped butter. Beat butter until light and creamy, with the motor still running add the maple syrup and continue whisking until combined. Remove and set aside until ready to use.
Transfer to the loaf tin and bake for 50 minutes or until a cake tester (or skewer) comes out clean. Remove from tin and allow to cool slightly before cutting. Slice and serve with a generous portion of whipped maple butter and enjoy with a cup of tea, morning, noon or night.