Sticky toffee banana bread cut into slices

Sticky toffee banana bread

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(13 ratings)

Prep: 25 mins Cook: 1 hr, 15 mins plus cooling


Serves 10

Use up overripe bananas to make this sticky toffee banana loaf. It’s even more indulgent with the toffee sauce and nut brittle

Nutrition and extra info

  • banana bread only
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: Per serving

  • kcal464
  • fat24g
  • saturates14g
  • carbs57g
  • sugars44g
  • fibre1g
  • protein5g
  • salt0.6g


  • 125g soft butter, plus extra for the tin



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 75g caster sugar
  • 50g dark brown soft sugar
  • 3 medium eggs



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

  • 2 large ripe bananas, mashed



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

  • 50g natural yogurt
  • 200g plain flour
  • 2 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…

  • 50g pitted dates, chopped (about 10)



    Dates are one of the oldest cultivated fruits - it's thought that they were a staple part of…

  • 50g pecans or walnuts, chopped (or mixed chopped nuts)
    Pecan nuts



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

For the toffee sauce

  • 100g light brown soft sugar
  • 25g butter, cut into cubes



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 100ml double cream

For the banana & nut brittle

  • 150g caster sugar
  • 50g pecan or walnuts (or mixed nuts)
    Pecan nuts



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

  • 50g banana chips
  • ½ tsp sea salt flakes


  1. Heat the oven to 160C/140C fan/gas 3. Butter and line a 900g loaf tin with a strip of baking parchment.

  2. Beat the butter and both sugars in a bowl for 5 mins with an electric whisk until really fluffy. Whisk the eggs, banana and yogurt in a separate bowl until mostly smooth, then whisk this into the butter and sugar mixture. Fold in the flour and baking powder until just combined, then fold in the dates and nuts. Spoon into the tin, smooth over the top and bake for 1 hr-1 hr 15 mins until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean. Leave to cool in the tin for 10 mins, then lift out using the strip of parchment. You can serve it warm now, or leave to cool completely on a wire rack. Will keep for four days in an airtight container.

  3. Meanwhile, make the toffee sauce. Put the sugar in a heavy-based frying pan and melt over a medium-low heat until light golden brown and liquid – don’t stir, just tilt the pan to melt the sugar. Carefully whisk in the butter until smooth, then pour in the cream slowly and bring to a bubble. Mix until the sauce is smooth and shiny. Pour into a heatproof bowl, cover and leave to cool to room temperature.

  4. For the brittle, put the sugar in a frying pan with 2 tbsp water over a medium heat, stir briefly, then simmer for 10 mins until the caramel turns amber. Don’t stir after the initial mix, just tilt the pan to get an even deep golden colour.

  5. Meanwhile, line a baking tray with baking parchment. Carefully stir the nuts, banana chips and salt into the caramel, until well coated, then pour onto the tray. Tip the tray (or use a spoon) to make sure the nuts are in a single layer – or they will be harder to separate later. Leave to cool completely before breaking the brittle into shards.

  6. Stir the toffee sauce to loosen if it’s become stiff, or warm for a few seconds in the microwave (add a splash more cream if you need to), then drizzle over the cake so it drips down the sides. Top with the shards of brittle. Will keep for two days in an airtight container.

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19th Jun, 2020
Good basic banana bread recipe. The sugar in this recipe can be cut and still leave a sweet delicious cake. I used 50g caster sugar and 40g dark brown. I used 50% whole meal plain Flour, and added 1 tsp vanilla essence plus a tsp ground nutmeg to enhance the flavour. Also soak dates in boiling water for 10 minutes to soften before chopping.
18th Jun, 2020
Could you just heated carnations caramel for this instead of making the toffee sauce bit?
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Amanda Clifford
2nd May, 2020
Cake was very easy to make but, as with the previous review, the toffee was a nightmare, I also ended up using my own tried and tested recipe. Didn’t have any luck with the brittle, maybe it needs to be heated to a set temperature. Sadly I don’t think I will bother with this recipe again which is a shame because it looked so promising.
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Kate Parker
18th Apr, 2020
Cake is delicious, 100% recommend. However, the toffee recipe didn't work for me, I had a couple tries but kept burning the sugar. I ended up using the same ingredients with a different recipe, which was great. (Basically mixing them all together over a low heat and then bringing them to a bubble when combined) I also didn't make the brittle as I couldn't get the ingredients due to the lockdown.
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