Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Bananas and walnut - a great combo!

The weather was horrible yesterday, we had gale force winds and it was too crazy to get out to do anything. This usually translates to little Miss J getting all whiny on me as she is at her best when she is kept busy!

I also had four overripe bananas staring at me in the kitchen, urging me to utilise them before they were completely done for.

So I decided to tackle both and baked a banana bread (with walnuts) with little Miss J who thoroughly enjoys being my little helper in the kitchen.

And the result was this :). A lovely moist loaf with oodles of flavour and a very easy recipe to boot. Perfect with a steaming hot cup of tea or coffee! Hope you enjoy this!

Banana Loaf – makes 8 to 10 slices


270 g soft light brown sugar

2 eggs

200 g peeled bananas, mashed

280g plain flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp ground ginger

140 g unsalted butter, melted

80 - 100 g walnuts

A 23x13 cm loaf tin, greased and dusted with flour – or lined with greaseproof paper


1. Preheat the oven to 170 degrees Celsius

2. Beat the sugar and eggs until well incorporated. Beat in the mashed bananas.

3. Add the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, cinnamon and ginger to the egg and sugar mixture. Mix it thoroughly until all the dry ingredients have been incorporated into the wet mixture.

4. Pour in the melted butter and beat until all ingredient are well mixed.

5. Pour the mixture into the prepared loaf tin and smooth over with a palette knife.

6. Bake in the preheated oven for about an hour or until firm to touch.

7. Leave cake to cool slightly in the tin before turning it on to a wire rack to cool completely.


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