Banana & walnut loaf

Banana & walnut loaf

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Cooking time

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 1 hr

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Cuts into 8 slices

This homely and wholesome cake is also light and moist, with the natural sweetness of sticky bananas and the warm toastiness of nuts

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Freezable
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
399
protein
6g
carbs
53g
fat
20g
saturates
8g
fibre
2g
sugar
30g
salt
0.54g

Ingredients

  • 100g softened butter, plus a little extra for greasing
  • 140g caster sugar
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 225g plain flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 4 very ripe bananas
  • 85g chopped walnuts
  • 50ml milk

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Method

  1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Grease a 2lb loaf tin with some butter and line the base with baking parchment, then grease this as well.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the butter, sugar and egg, then slowly mix in flour and baking powder. Peel, then mash the bananas. Now mix everything together, including the nuts.
  3. Pour your mixture into the tin and bake for 1 hr, or until a skewer comes out clean. Allow the cake to cool on a wire rack before removing from the loaf tin. The loaf can now be wrapped tightly in cling film and kept for up to 2 days, or frozen for up to 1 month. Defrost and warm through before serving. Serve in thick slices topped with vanilla ice cream and drizzled with a little Easy chocolate sauce (see recipe, below).

Recipe from Good Food magazine, May 2010

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gailclayton's picture

I make banana loaves fairly often and I liked the look of this recipe but I only had 3 bananas, so I substituted one for some sultanas and I added cinnamon (I am a bit of a cinnamon addict). I made 2 small loaves (and cooked them for about 45 mins) as I wanted to take my daughter one, and they turned out beautifully.

I later read the reviews and realised leaving out a banana and cooking for a bit longer would work better and I really liked the sultanas in it. These are very soft and moist loaves and so not that easy to cut when warm (resist!) but I think would be great as a desert as the recipe suggests.

sawfeet's picture

Baked this loaf recipe this morning without reading the comments section. Wish I had!!
Sad to say it looked good taking it out of the oven, but then the middle promptly sank.
It now resembles a soggy yorkshire pud. A nice tasteng pudding, but a pudding all the same.
Now waiting for the wisecracks from the kids when they get home from school :(

cherub-rock25's picture

This cake tasted wonderful but was far far too dense and claggy. I made mine into muffins and baked for almost an hour and still the mix came out gummy and sticking to the muffin paper. Will not be making again I'm afraid!

Eating in's picture

Don't know how to edit my previous comment, but just remembered I only used 3 bananas and not 4.

Eating in's picture

Loved this! I followed the recipe, but added on another 20 mins or to the baking time as I'd read other comments. It came out a treat and it keeps really well in a seal tight plastic box. Easy peasy too!

ldglos's picture

I cooked as per recipe and after an hour was still gloopy. Kept baking for another forty mins, still gloopy but tastes good. I think three bananas might be the trick and maybe at 170 in the fan oven.

debbie592's picture

I followed the recipe exactly and my loaf was hard on the outside and wet and sticky inside! A waste of ingredients and my time, as everything ended up in the bin! I will never use this recipe again!

Jessie M's picture

Just delicious! I added some vanilla extract to my mix and it took the recipe to another level. Took a little longer to cook in the oven, but well worth it!

PamOH's picture

a wonderful bread, I wanted a real healthy alternative so used wholemeal flour instead of plain and also some oats, want to try it next time with natural sugar or agave syrup

stephaniepebrocq's picture

Delicious, very moist! Although mine remained quite flat and I wasnt sure it was cooked when I took it out of the oven.. but it was fine. Love the banana flavour in cakes !!

snicka's picture

I added slices of banana with cinnamon and brown sugar to the top of the cake for the last 15 minutes of baking. It turned out beautifully and has got better and better over the last two days kept in an airtight tin.

supermum28's picture

I will make this for saturday for you gregg

yuliyaly's picture

Just made if and it is lovely!!! Moist, light and tasty! Would definitely make again.
I added milk in at the very end with walnuts

jmudd1's picture

Another great tip! Crush some extra walnuts in your hand and sprinkle over the top of the mixture before you put it in the oven, this gives it a lovely sweet nutty crunch. If your feeling extra sweet a sprinkle of golden caster sugar too!

jmudd1's picture

I used golden caster sugar rather than normal caster, only 3 bananas (as it seemed too bananary the 1st time) and added a dash of mixed spice and cinnamon, absolutely delicious! Serve with fresh cream poured over whilst still warm rom the oven.
Once cooled its a lovely treat with a cup of tea with a blob of extra thick double cream. Enjoy x

alice-x-x's picture
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this recipe makes a wonderful nutty banana loaf. After an hour of baking I put the temperature up to gas mark 5 and cooked for another 15 minutes. It didn't sink and has still lovely and soft on the inside. Will be making it again!

missypoo's picture
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Followed recipe to the letter. The loaf looked lovely when it came out of the oven. Left it in the tin for an hour to cool then cut some slices and what I got was a sludgy,gloopy consistency. Horrible! This is the worst thing I have baked in years. What a waste of ingredients. Don't bother!

dottie69's picture
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I've made this many times, it's so good. Easy to make and tastes lovely. Makes a great easy pudding for family and great with a cuppa!!

double_c_123's picture

Just made this...tastes lovely!
I just used 3 bananas and added some chopped toffees to make banana walnut and caramel loaf.
Will definitely use this recipe again!

ashsultana15's picture

I tried this receipe for the first time today, followed receipe exactly and it came out great. Very moist & fluffy, accept I had to leave it in the oven for a lot longer than an hour, closer to 1hr30min at gas mark 4. Might try it with a higher gas mark next time.

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