Sliced banana bread topped with drizzle and banana chips on a serving plate

Brilliant banana loaf recipe

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(333 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 40 mins

Easy

Cuts into 8-10 slices

A cross between banana bread and a drizzle cake, this easy banana loaf recipe is a quick bake that can be frozen and is great for using up overripe bananas

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freeze un-iced

Nutrition: per slice (10)

  • kcal268
  • fat13g
  • saturates8g
  • carbs34g
  • sugars24g
  • fibre1g
  • protein3g
  • salt0.5g
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Ingredients

  • 140g butter, softened, plus extra for the tin
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  • 140g caster sugar
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 140g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
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  • 2 very ripe bananas, mashed
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  • 50g icing sugar
  • handful dried banana chips, for decoration
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Method

  1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4.

  2. Butter a 2lb loaf tin and line the base and sides with baking parchment.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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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glennm
16th Dec, 2017
0.05
Timing was way off. Over 1 hour and still not done. Took it out and it collapsed - bottom was stodgy and not very nice taste.
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Sarah Luddy
11th Dec, 2017
0.05
Takes longer than 30 minutes + too sweet & not good texture. Disappointing.
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Joanne Lau
7th Dec, 2017
3.8
Super easy recipe. I doubled the recipe and cut down the sugar (from 280g to 200g) - turned out very well. Baked in 50mins.
Eve1975
20th Nov, 2017
5.05
Lovely and simple. Great way to use up ripe bananas. It definitely does not cook in 30 minutes. I’d leave in for at least 50 minutes. To stop it burning I placed some baking paper over it at 30 minutes. Also I added chocolate chips which made it even more yummy.
fargesii
19th Nov, 2017
5.05
I make this as a traybake which solves the timing problem - it is quite a wet mix but cooks well if spread out. It’s delicious- I have been asked for the recipe every time I’ve made it.
nicolafree
12th Nov, 2017
1.3
Cooking time is incorrect.
Joanna J
11th Nov, 2017
3.8
Delicious! I have made so many of these now I find myself buying too many bananas so they get old! I add some cut up apple and raisins to it too. It does need longer in oven but only 5-8 mins more. Has never failed me, and cake never lasts long enough to freeze or store!
fr0glet
7th Nov, 2017
I thought 30 minutes seemed optimistic for a loaf tin. I made mine as muffins anyway - just under 30 minutes, no issues with not being cooked through. I added nutmeg and cacao nibs, and topped with a few oats on each one for decoration. Would have been a 5, but for the error on timing
Chompwat
7th Nov, 2017
2.55
Very simple to make and the kids love it. This definitely needs more than 30mins to cook through though. 50 mins is more like it.
angemcshane
6th Nov, 2017
2.55
Disappointing - 1hr and 10 mins. Thought it was cooked as knife came out clean. Not cooked in the middle. Very brown on top. Already topped with chocolate so could not put back in oven. Needed another 15 mins!!

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