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Tuesday 18 August 2009

Baking for Beginners: Banana Bread

Banana bread is one of my favourite things. It's cakey, but substantial. If you cook it just right, it's moist enough to have just on its own (although a bit of butter never hurts). And it reminds me of the banana sandwiches my gran used to make me when I was a kid.

You'll need these things:
  • 225g self-raising flour
  • 100g butter
  • 75g caster sugar
  • 2 bananas all mashed up
  • 2 eggs
  • 2tbsp honey or maple syrup
And you'll need to do these things:
  • Grease a loaf tin and preheat the over to 160 degrees/ gas mark 3.
  • Sieve the flour into a mixing bowl and rub the butter and flour together until you get a mix that resembles breadcrumbs.
  • Beat the eggs.
  • Stir in the eggs, sugar, bananas and honey into the flour mixture and mix together.
  • Spoon the mixture into the oaf tin and bake for about an hour.
  • A skewer should come out dry, but with a few crumbs stuck on it. That's when you know it's ready.
  • Leave to cool in the tin and then transfer to a wire rack.
  • Cut into thick slices and serve.
You can add all sorts to this recipe. Try dates, or chocolate chips, or even small pieces of toffee if you wanted to make something a little bit sweeter. Actually, that might not be a bad idea... we might have to try and make some banoffee bread!

Flickr image from Brianna.Lehman's photostream.


  1. I made this today replacing the honey with dulce de leche and it was lush - thanks for the recipe!

  2. I thought toffee might work! Good work!

  3. i just made this too, although with an extra banana. it's REALLY NICE. well done you, and also well done me for making it, obviously

  4. For the very first time in my 34 years on this earth, I baked yesterday! And I thank you Domestic Sluttery for giving me this recipe to do so. I could not have asked for a more splendidly easy and tasty recipe to try for the first time. I followed the recipe to a T (it was first time after all) and it was divine. It has made enough for my boyfriend and I to have had a big slice each for pudding last night (with a drizzle of single cream), each have a big slice for morning tea today, and still have half the loaf left.

    1. What fantastic news, Goldie! What tempted you to make this recipe? Thrilled that it went well, here's to many more baking adventures.

  5. I made this at the weekend and replaced 25g of flour with cocoa powder. It only needed about 40-45 mins - thankfully I started to smell it getting to that done stage so it didn't burn! Husband and work colleagues all enjoyed it - thank you!

  6. Could you use golden syrup in place of the honey or maple syrup? Want to make this NOW and don't have either, only golden syrup....

  7. I'm just perving on some of your loaf recipes, as I write my shopping list.

    Please never change the typo "oaf tin". It quite amused me!


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