The Best Banana Cake (the rubbing in method)
250g white self-raising flour
A pinch of salt
1 tsp grated nutmeg
100g unsalted butter
125g light soft brown sugar
2 large ripe bananas
Demerara sugar for sprinkling
Pre-heat the oven to 180C/gas mark 4. Grease and line a large loaf pan with greaseproof paper or baking parchment.
Sift together the flour, salt and nutmeg into a large bowl. Cut the butter into small pieces and rub into the flour mixture until it resembles breadcrumbs. Mix in the soft brown sugar and raisins.
In a separate bowl mash the bananas and mix with a beaten egg. Add the banana mix to the flour/butter mixture and beat together with a wooden spoon until combined.
Spoon mixture into loaf pan and sprinkle over * demerara sugar. Bake for about 50 minutes until cooked through. Leave in the pan until cool.
*Do not omit the demerara sugar. It adds a lovely crunch to the finished cake.