Brilliant banana loaf

Brilliant banana loaf

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(183 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 40 mins


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

  • Freeze un-iced

Nutrition: per slice (10)

  • kcal268
  • fat13g
  • saturates8g
  • carbs34g
  • sugars24g
  • fibre1g
  • protein3g
  • salt0.5g
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  • 140g butter, softened, plus extra for the tin



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  • 140g caster sugar
  • 2 large egg, beaten
  • 140g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
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  • 2 very ripe banana, mashed



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  • 50g icing sugar
  • handful dried banana chips, for decoration



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  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.

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Comments (220)

Bramble22's picture

This is the second time I have attempted to make this cake and will definitely be the last! I am a proficient baker and make lots of different cakes. Looked at all the previous comments and baked the cake for an hour, only to find that once it was taken out of the oven it has sunk to half the size. I'm not sure it is even cooked. Will stick to my usual recipe that never fails!

Linda1recipe's picture

Have made this a few times now using over ripe bananas that have been frozen. Once thawed the bananas are a bit mushy, and the cake has taken longer to cook but the result is a lovely moist cake that keeps really well. My family and friends love it!

navy86's picture

Would not reccomend this recipe and I am very surprised how highly it has been rated after reading the comment. Mine looks nothing like bread! I have a fan oven and after baking it for over an hour it is still very moist on the inside but slightly burnt on the outside. After 30 mins it was still gooey in the middle. Taste isvokay but very sweet and I am unable to cut into slices as it is a strange consistency. Would reccomend cooking for much longer at a lower temperature. I will look for a different recipe the next time.

Craighardy89's picture

Added an extra 60g flour and baked on a fan 150 for 55 mins turned out perfect

Craighardy89's picture

Following the above turned out moist and stodgy, 2nd attempt added 60g more self raising flour and baked on a fan at 150 for 55 minutes was perfect !

lynseyconroy's picture

Great recipe and simple to follow. Added a further 7 mins on to the length of time in the oven as 30 mins just wasn't long enough. Very moist and not the slightest bit heavy.

fairyminx's picture

Have tried this recipe a few times as it is one of the easier banana loaf recipes to use. As with most other users I would say that 30 mins is not an accurate cooking time at all. For me it took closer to an hour using gas mark 6 and still turned out rather moist instead of fluffy. Next time I may try finding another recipe to use so that I can compare.

haineshighpoint's picture

Made this yesterday. Followed the comments about cooking it for longer - 45-50 mins at 150 on fan oven - and it was lovely! Quite a moist cake but very light. I added a handful of chocolate chips as well. The cake was all gone in a couple of hours! Will definitely make again.

chdg6530's picture

Hmm, wish I'd read the comments last night, soggy banana bread went into the bin.
New day today so trying again, fingers crossed..............

chdg6530's picture

Cooked it for an hour, very tasty.

leri's picture

Tend to find takes longer than 30mins. i have also used this recipe to make cupcakes.

ivylovesfood's picture

The time for me, was not enough but this was no problem as the result was perfect. Will definitely be making it often!

ebasit's picture

Turned out really well! Used 3 bananas instead of 2 and it had a nice balance of flavours. For fan ovens, bake at 170 C for 30 minutes. Will definitely be using it in the future!

warnerr19's picture

So as many others before have said, the baking time on this recipe is way out- it took much nearer to 45mins-1hour to properly bake. However, that aside, this is a truly delicious loaf and is very moist. I didn't drizzle icing over the top or add the dried bananas to decorate, but then again it didn't last long enough to get around to it!

Azlanova's picture

definitely the cooking time depends of the oven but it's still not 30 min. after 30 still moist inside. also my oven goes a bit silly. so even if i turn it on 50 C it goes to proper 250 C, and even that heat doesn't cook it in 30 min.

jacquikeren's picture

Easy to prep but by far the worst recipe for banana bread I have ever tried. The first time I made it I thought perhaps I had done something wrong, but the second time turned out worse! Not only is it raw after 30mins, but by the time it has cooked, it is burnt and falls apart when tipped out the tin. Utter disaster and not a nice recipe. So dissapointing.

camberleykate's picture

Lovely recipe! But, like other comments, took an hour to cook.

colite1990's picture

This is a really easy and tasty recipe! I would agree with the other reviews - this needs around 45 minutes in a fan oven. I didn't bother with the icing on top as I didn't think it needed it. I will definitely be making this again as it's a great way to use up over-ripe bananas!

TalliFay's picture

I have no idea why this recipe gets 5 star reviews when the timing is completely off! Even after 50 mins in my fan oven it fell apart trying to get it out of the tin. The recipe's writer needs to change the cooking instructions!

Bramble22's picture

Hi I totally agree with your comments and won't be making this again!


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