Brilliant banana loaf

Brilliant banana loaf

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Cooking time

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 30 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Cuts into 8-10 slices

A cross between banana bread and a drizzle-topped sponge, this cake is great for using up overripe fruit

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Freeze un-iced
Nutrition info

Nutrition per slice (10)

kcalories
268
protein
3g
carbs
34g
fat
13g
saturates
8g
fibre
1g
sugar
24g
salt
0.5g

Ingredients

  • 140g butter, softened, plus extra for the tin
  • 140g caster sugar
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 140g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 very ripe bananas, mashed
  • 50g icing sugar
  • handful dried banana chips, for decoration

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Method

  1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Butter a 2lb loaf tin and line the base and sides with baking parchment.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, then slowly add the eggs with a little flour. Fold in the remaining flour, baking powder and bananas. Pour into the tin and bake for about 30 mins until a skewer comes out clean. Cool in the tin for 10 mins, then remove to a wire rack.
  3. Mix the icing sugar with 2-3 tsp water to make a runny icing. Drizzle the icing across the top of the cake and decorate with banana chips.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, July 2012

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m_saafan's picture

I made this twice, once as the recipe stated exactly but without the topping, it was very nice and not very heavy as banana loaves normally are, more like a sponge like it says, but I found it somehow bland. I made it a second time though with a heaped tbsp cinnamon and some chopped walnuts and a little less sugar
And it turned out great!

marionhill's picture

This is my second time making this. This second time tasted nicer, and the only difference was I waited until my bananas skins were nearly completely black. I think this gave far more flavour. Mine needed an extra 10 minutes. If u use a skewer to check it. If skewer comes out clean, that's it cooked.
I thought it tasted really delicious. Plenty of complements. One for my book :)

sueolav's picture

Oh I wish I'd read the comments before I cooked it! It needs a lot longer in the oven.... will make it again though, with a slightly higher temp. and longer.

katyecooks's picture

Wow this is the easiest and most delicious banana cake ever! I didn't use the icing or banana chips, it really doesn't need it. It did need the extra 20 mins everyone has said but definitely recommend this recipe, yum!

Slewis1's picture

Not the best banana loaf recipe I've tried, but still very tasty.

Issues - more like cake than loaf (expecting it to be heavier, but was very light and fluffy), took 55 minutes, not 30, in a fan assisted oven. Greased loaf tin with veg oil (as I always have with other banana bread recipes) and it stuck to tin.

That said, I've no doubt it will all get eaten.

flicky's picture
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This is delicious, works really well with a few chunks of dark chocolate in the mix!!

Murfy's picture

I've just made this, and whilst cooking in the oven it looked to be going to plan. 55 mins later I took it out.

Problem 1: It sunk
Problem 2: I've cut into it and the bottom half looks raw!

Can anyone tell me what I did wrong?

beccarodford's picture

Oven to hot and to high in the oven maybe? x

sweetcrazie's picture

Was very easy to make but I have a fan assissted oven so it actually took 60 minutes to cook through.
I froze it and served it a week later to a very happy crowd!Yummy banana taste.....will make again

karengeorge26's picture
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My first attempt at banana loaf went very well! It was really light and moist. Although I didn't have the right tin I did use a sandwich tin and worked well. Didn't need any longer in the oven, 30min was just fine. Definitely make again. :)

teresaheffer's picture

Lovely simple recipe, delicious even without the topping. I'm pleased I'm not the only person who had to cook it for at least half as long again! I thought all GF recipes were triple-tested!

charlwilliams's picture

This banana loaf is so yummy and easy to make! It was an absolute hit with the family!
I added a handful of milk chocolate chips to the batter before baking which added extra 'scrumptiousness'
Will certainly make it again.

andyhopkins's picture

Very enjoyable. Made for my wife and she says "MAKE IT AGAIN, OR ELSE"

andytaylor128's picture
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Lovely & mosit cake....just needs a little tweaking though.
30 minutes in a fan oven is not enough, i cooked for 45 minutes and rested for 10 minutes and it came out perfect.
Just the banana is not enough, so it does need that little extra, so Dark Chocolate chips work well with the banana as so does a little malt or honey.
Keeps really well in a tub and stays really moist...perfect with a nice cup of tea!

lucyholt01's picture

I got half way to the green re-cycling bin with two black bananas one day then decided to look up a recipe for banana bread and found this one. It was so easy to make as I had all the other ingredients in stock so it felt like a free cake! It was delicious. I, too, left off the drizzle and banana flakes. It didn't need 'dressing up'.

gooseuk7's picture
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A really lovely and tasty banana loaf!!! I replace 40g of the flour for ground almonds and it is delicious!! :)

cshobbs's picture
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This was lovely. As mentioned above, I left the loaf in my non-fan gas oven for almost an hour. Does the cooking time vary with the condition/size of the bananas?

janeycook's picture
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An excellent and very easy recipe loved by the many friends I have made it for. Great treat for my five year old daughter and her friends.

melanieall's picture
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I made this yesterday to use up some over ripe bananas. As many have suggested I too had to leave the cake in for longer than the suggested 30 minutes, I added a further 8 minutes which was just right for my oven. It turned out to be a very tasty and very moist cake. I would certainly make it again as it is a quick and easy way of using up those old bananas with store cupboard staples.

annieparsnips's picture
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Lovely recipe, very simple. I just put everything in a bowl and used an electric hand whisk to blend all the ingredients together, then stirred in the mashed banana. As others have commented, I increased the baking time to 55 minutes. Will add chocolate chips next time!

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