Banana, walnut & chocolate chip loaf

Banana, walnut & chocolate chip loaf

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Cooking time

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 1 hr, 5 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 8

Paul Hollywood shares his banana bread recipe - this delicious bake is dotted with chocolate and nuts

Nutrition and extra info

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  • Freezable
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
578
protein
8g
carbs
72g
fat
28g
saturates
13g
fibre
2g
sugar
50g
salt
0.6g

Ingredients

  • 4 ripe bananas, peeled
  • 250g caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 140g softened butter
  • 250g plain flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 100g walnut pieces
  • 100g chocolate chips

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Method

  1. Heat oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5. Line a 900g/2lb loaf tin with baking parchment. In a large bowl, mash together the bananas and the sugar with the back of a fork. Add the eggs and mix well with an electric hand whisk until fully incorporated, then add the butter and mix for a couple mins more to blend everything together. Sieve in the flour and baking powder and fold together with a spatula, then add the walnuts and chocolate chips. Give everything one final mix before tipping into the lined loaf tin.
  2. Bake for 1 hr 5 mins or until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean. Leave to cool slightly in the tin, then turn out and serve cut into thick slices, either warm or at room temperature. Any uneaten cake will keep in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, February 2012

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gilliandes's picture
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I also thought the way the butter was added to this recipe was unusual and i was sure id have little lumps of butter when cooked but it turned out really good.I have a fan oven and would cook it for 10 mins less the next time but will def bake again.I also added a pear that was on the way out.yum!

k-k-see's picture

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Made this into cup cakes...less baking time! Used 50g less sugar but it was still too sweet for me. Didn't have walnuts so only used Choc chips. I creamed the butter & sugar first before adding beaten eggs, mashed bananas, flour etc. The cup cakes were light and tasty. Definitely will make again but with less sugar.

paulasmith's picture
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Have made this cake many times and always get great results. If I don't have any walnuts I will substitute those for dried cranberries or sultanas or whatever I have in the cupboard. Family always compliment me. Regarding other peoples comments on the butter situation I always use margarine as I find this easier to use.

singinggirl's picture

Have made this many times, always get great comments from friends and family.
The only thing I notice is that there is a lot of fat in the bottom of the tin when I remove the loaf, might use less butter the next time I make this.

lydiamary's picture

These flavours work well together, however what a weird order in which to add the ingredients! I agree with other users that the butter is very tricky to blend in - unless you completely melt it first. I'm not convinced that it has enough raising agent in it. I have cooked other banana bread recipes that rise up beautifully but either due to the weird ordering of ingredients or insufficient raising agent it really didn't rise well - resulting in a stodgy middle. Mary wouldn't have been proud.......

imaclaren's picture

Made this exactly how it says in the recipe, except i used granulated sugar instead and i didn't have a loaf tin, so just used a cake tin and i cooked it 20 minutes less than the stated time. It was delicious & moist. I will be cooking this again

imaclaren's picture

I followed the recipe exactly as it said. The only thing i used granulated sugar as i didn't have castor. Also i only had a large round cake tin, so it was ready 15-20 minutes early..Great result!

JasminePieCake's picture

This turned out really well - and I'm a real novice when it comes to baking, so I was really happy with the result! The instructions were easy and clear. I didn't have baking powder, so I left it out. I also used raisins and sultanas instead of walnuts. It tasted delicious!

-Two things that I would take note of for next time though - I used 3 bananas and I think I could
use just 2 next time, because the cake was very dense.
-The cake definitely needed more time in the oven - about 10-15 mins extra. A lot of others have mentioned the same here I've noticed.

I'm certainly going to make this again! :)

minal2804's picture

I turned this into muffins and they are great! Reduce cooking time to around 20 minutes. Also replaced plain flour with wholemeal.

cdacn1's picture

Made this at the weekend and it is definately a winner. All worked well just needed an extra 10 minutes on cooking. As other suggested, I covered the top to prevent it caramalising too much.

btapping's picture

I've made lots of different banana loafs for my marathon running husband and sister, this is by far the best and the others have been dumped. Bit of a strange way to make a cake but I've made it numerous times now and is perfect ever time.

fenellabramwell's picture
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I make this again and again and it always disappears! I skip the walnuts (because no-one else likes them) and this time added a little vanilla essence which really worked. A very nice cake, and quick to mix together with no fuss!

kathy535's picture
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This was delish, it had hardly cooled before nearly all of it had vanished. I read all the comments first and...

difficulty in mixing in the butter.
i agree with the comments about putting in the butter after the eggs, there were big chunks of butter still evident in the mix so I blasted it in the microwave for 20 seconds and remixed it which seemed to work.

Too much batter for the loaf tin
I lined the loaf tin so the grease proof paper extended about an inch over the edge and although the amount mixture was about right it did mean that it could rise and not spill over.

Oven timings
After about 30 mins I noticed a caramelised smell and so covered the top with foil to stop it from burning. My loaf needed about 15 mins extra and was still v moist inside. I liked the slightly burned outside though, it was crunchy and very tasty!

jayjayem's picture
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Followed recommendations to turn oven down a bit and I did cover with foil for the last ten mins baking. I used three bananas and cut the caster sugar down to 150g and it turned out great. Can someone explain why some recipes are heavy with sugar when cutting back does not ruin the cake? Is it a matter of taste? Or is there some science I am missing?

kells0147's picture
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Did anyone notice a slight starchy after-taste? Maybe I put in too much flour or something. Don't have any scales, so I had to guess!!

coruscating17's picture

Love this recipe! It's my fail safe banana loaf recipe, although I tend to leave the nuts out

avray1967's picture
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After reading the comments and having had plenty of loaf tin fiascos in the past I was all set for sunk/dried/miserable. Not a bit of it. Perfect.

cashman's picture
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Made this last night and it has all gone (it's 9.30am).

I didn't have an electric whisk, so blended the butter in as best I could - didn't seem to affect the cake at all. I also forgot to buy greaseproof paper, so just buttered my loaf tin - it made the outside edges really crispy and buttery - yum.

And finally, I replaced the choc chips and nuts with Malteasers. Absolutely amazing! The honeycomb melted through the cake and the big pieces of chocolate were a really sweet touch.

Will definitely make again, and experiment with different 'extras'!

marianneramsay's picture
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I used pecans since I didn't have walnuts, I made it as a traybake (19cm x 27cm), lined with baking parchment, baked at 180 for around 50 minutes, with foil over the top for the last 10 minutes to stop it getting too brown/burnt on top. The butter was not completely combined, still little bits of it showing in the mixture, but it still turned out fine in the end. Great taste.

elleise1985's picture
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this was my first baking experience, i found it very easy, although i had to cook it for way longer than the guided time, but everyone i gave it too enjoyed, nice and moist and ive made it a few times now!

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