Banana & pecan loaf

Banana & pecan loaf

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Cooking time

Prep: 25 mins Cook: 50 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

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

Additional info

  • Can be frozen un-iced
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
608
protein
8g
carbs
56g
fat
41g
saturates
19g
fibre
2g
sugar
42g
salt
0.74g

Ingredients

For the loaf cake base

  • 175g softened butter, plus extra for greasing
  • 175g golden caster sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 140g self-raising flour
  • 85g ground almonds
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 100ml milk
  • 2 small, very ripe bananas
  • 50g pecans, chopped, plus extra

For the icing

  • 85g softened butter
  • 100g icing sugar, sifted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

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Method

  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

Recipe from Good Food magazine, August 2010

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m_saafan's picture
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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
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Very greasy, there are better recipies out there

clairerussell1's picture
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Is loved by everyone that trys it!

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

ldrabwell's picture
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Fabulous cake - a family favourite

blulou's picture
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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
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Delicious, made without the icing. Very simple and tasty.

chocciebuttons's picture
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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
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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
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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
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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
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forgot to rate :-)

yogamadcat's picture
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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
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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.

russianrachel's picture

Yummy! It says preparation time 25 mins and it actually does take about 25 mins! That's what I like!

sllyst's picture
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I didn't have any problems with the recipe, i think i may have cooked it maybe 10 mins extra. I took it to college one evening and everyone loved it! I don't like bananas either but this is gorgeous.

tinachessun's picture
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i made this last week and actually put the mixture into muffin tin and they turned out lovely. my bananas probably werent as ripe as they should have been but overall very nice.

tuckesw1's picture
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Very tasty indeed. I added some chopped dark chocolate which worked very well and sweetened the cake up a bit. Yum.

donna-f's picture
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OH MY GOODNESS!!!
Delicious. This is by far the most successful and tasty cake I've ever made (I forgot to add the milk but still came out fine). All my friends loved it and wanted the recipe. I will definately make this again. YUM YUM ;-)

P.s as everyone else said it did take ALOT longer to cook than stated but well worth the wait.

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