Banana & pecan loaf

Banana & pecan loaf

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(27 ratings)

Prep: 25 mins Cook: 50 mins


Cuts into 8-10 slices
This tea-time favourite is moist, sweet, nutty and comforting - it's bound to be a hit with friends and family

Nutrition and extra info

  • Can be frozen un-iced

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal608
  • fat41g
  • saturates19g
  • carbs56g
  • sugars42g
  • fibre2g
  • protein8g
  • salt0.74g
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    For the loaf cake base

    • 175g softened butter, plus extra for greasing



      Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

    • 175g golden caster sugar
    • 3 eggs



      The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition, packed with protein and a…

    • 140g self-raising flour
    • 85g ground almonds


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      Sweet almonds have a subtle fragrance that lends itself well to baking and also works well with…

    • ½ tsp baking powder
      Baking powder

      Baking powder

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      Baking powder is a raising agent that is commonly used in cake-making. It is made from an alkali…

    • 100ml milk



      One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a complete food. While cow…

    • 2 small, very ripe banana



      Probably the best known, most popular tropical fruit, their name probably derives from the…

    • 50g pecan, chopped, plus extra
      Pecan nuts



      Related to the walnut, pecans are native to America, and grow enclosed in a glossy, browny-red…

    For the icing

    • 85g softened butter



      Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

    • 100g icing sugar, sifted
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract


    1. Heat oven to 160C/140C fan/gas 3. Grease and line a 2lb/900g loaf tin with a long strip of baking parchment. To make the loaf cake batter, beat the butter and sugar with an electric whisk until light and fluffy. Add the bananas in a few chunks and beat in with the eggs, flour, almonds, baking powder and milk until smooth – the whisk will mash the bananas. Stir in the pecans, then scrape into the tin. Bake for 45-50 mins until golden, risen and a skewer poked in comes out clean. Cool in the tin, then lift out.

    2. Beat the butter, icing sugar and vanilla. Spread on top of the cooled cake and scatter with more chopped pecans

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    Comments (35)

    Thea1234's picture

    I am baking quite a lot but here's definitely something wrong with proportions and baking time. I baked it for 1,5 hours and the cake still came out not baked inside. Terribly greasy.
    Don't use this recipe as you will just waste ingredients as I did..

    Myrsigme's picture

    Wow this was absolutely delicious with a bit of vanilla ice cream. I was getting worried it would never cook though - after 50 minutes I panicked, turned it up to 170 and took it out after 60. It is incredibly moist but perfectly cooked on the inside, crispy on the outside but not burned. Yum.

    debandlola's picture

    So easy to make, and delicious.
    Mine needed to stay in the oven 60 mins, and then was cooked perfectly.

    lisaschim's picture

    Had 4 overripe bananas so doubled up the recipe. Didn't have enough golden sugar so also used some Demerara and muscovado sugars (all ends of packets) Also didn't have enough milk so used about half the required amount. Had a lovely fluffy mixture until I added the nuts when it separated a bit. Thought I'd curdled it and it was ruined, but cooked it anyway, for a good 2 hours (I know my oven is very slow) until a skewer came out clean. The cakes didn't rise into a domed shape but they didn't sink on cooling either. I didn't put the icing on as it already seemed quite sweet.
    Verdict: Nice texture, I'd say moist rather than greasy and the flavour is absolutely gorgeous. Slightly regretting letting husband take one to work as I can't stop eating it.

    babybassist's picture

    Always underdone in my oven when following the recipe looks like I'm not the only one :-(

    m_saafan's picture

    added two tbsp cinnamon and walnuts instead of the pecan.. I like the texture and the taste.. My brother keeps asking for more

    gingerboho's picture

    Very greasy, there are better recipies out there

    clairerussell1's picture

    Is loved by everyone that trys it!

    andreascatterson's picture

    this was ok, not one of my favs though. cooked for about hour an half and still wasnt really done!

    ldrabwell's picture

    Fabulous cake - a family favourite

    blulou's picture

    Mixture was curdled after mixing, tried to rectify with flour but cake was very greasy when cooked. Something wrong with ingredients, methodology and cooking instructions in my opinion, far from foolproof. Most people who seem to be pleased with it seem to have left something out and cooked for far longer. Very suprised at all high scores when it doesnt work out when you follow the recipe. Maybe someone could work on this recipe until it does work properly but it wont be me, far better banana cake recipes out there.

    d41d0y's picture

    Delicious, made without the icing. Very simple and tasty.

    chocciebuttons's picture

    i recently made this delicious cake but i doubled the recipe to give my parents a treat. As it has a very generous ingredient list i actually made 3 loaf cakes , my daughter also loved her cake with a re-order already in. Gorgeous.

    sophieaugu's picture

    This recipe tasted nice but the timings for cooking are defiantly wrong, it took at least half an hour more to cook in the end I had to take it out as it was starting to colour too much but it was still only just cooked in the middle.

    trudiclement's picture

    I have made this for the first time today it is gorgeous, like all the other comments though it did take about 15mins extra to cook and I only put in 50mls of the milk as the mixture looked a little sloppy before putting in the milk. will definately make this again

    ewe2lambs's picture

    I forgot the milk and added in dark chocolate too, whizzed up some hazlenuts instead of the ground almonds as I couldn't be bothered to go to the supermarket just for that - kids loved it - didn't do the icing either! They didn't seem to miss it though!! Baked mine in a rectangle flattish mould and the baking time was correct.

    monkee2006's picture

    forgot to rate :-)

    yogamadcat's picture

    I have made tonnes of banana cakes in a quest to find a tasty one. Usually they are bland and not particularly tasty. This is THE tastiest banana cake I have ever made!! This will now be my recipe of choice for using up ripe bananas.

    georgie1977's picture

    I made this without the icing as although I found it very moist I thought it was a little greasy. Good way to use up over ripe bananas an did take longer to bake - probably about 20 mins longer than stated.

    faypeacock's picture

    This is the nicest cake I've made in a long while. I'm not a fan of bananas in cake but this certainly doesn't taste of them. It was so moist and the icing was lovely. My cake took 50 mins to cook and it sank only very slightly in the middle so this was hidden by the icing.


    Questions (1)

    Lynndyloo22's picture

    What is the actual cooking time for this recipe? It certainly isn't the 45-50 minutes guide on 140c for a fan assisted (6 month old Neff) oven. Should it realistically be higher at 160c?

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