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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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
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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
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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.

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

colite1990's picture
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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
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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!

tracey_coles's picture
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Chose this recipe simply because it was such a quick bake - ie 30 mins. After 30 mins it was nowhere near cooked, it actually took 1hr. It is very very sweet. I would def use less sugar next time

sherry16's picture
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Made this last week but just tweaked it slightly by adding 1tsp cinammon and 75g leftover white chocolate chunks- it was absolutely delicious and my family couldn't leave it alone! :D it did take 50 minutes in my fan oven to be cooked properly though, it was lovely and moist :) made again today following request from my hubby but had no white choc today so have added chopped up cadbury fudge instead!! Naughty but nice! :D

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