Brilliant banana loaf

Brilliant banana loaf

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(202 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 40 mins


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

  • Freeze un-iced

Nutrition: per slice (10)

  • kcal268
  • fat13g
  • saturates8g
  • carbs34g
  • sugars24g
  • fibre1g
  • protein3g
  • salt0.5g
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  • 140g butter, softened, plus extra for the tin



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

  • 140g caster sugar
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 140g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
    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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  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.

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14th Aug, 2012
It was yummy scrummy. I left off the icing for a healthier alternative. Oh and I didn't use the dried banana either simply because I don't like it. :)
6th Aug, 2012
Delicious and a great one to do with my two year old - she loves mashing up the bananas! Takes about an hour to bake though which is quite a bit longer than the recipe says. Love it!
6th Aug, 2012
perfect for mcmillan coffee morning in september
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3rd Aug, 2012
Well, it was easy enough to make and looks exactly like the picture. It is moist and tasty, but I ended up removing the dried bananas as they make it really difficult to cut the cake and aren't really necessary.
2nd Aug, 2012
beautiful moist cake, will definitely make this again!
22nd Jul, 2012
Easy, fast and delicious!
17th Jul, 2012
Tastes fantastic, especially warm out the oven but takes much longer to cook than recipe states - nearly an hour. Not surprised as use a similar recipe regularly that takes an hour. Worth the wait though! Didn't bother with drizzle and chips and kids still loved it.
15th Jul, 2012
Very nice, easy banana bread! I made it without the drizzle and banana chips, but had it with vanilla ice cream instead - delish!


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