A banana loaf recipe

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Easy banana loaf recipe

simple banana loaf recipe
How long is it since I posted a recipe? Forever. But I had over ripe bananas to use up so my heart was set on making a banana loaf. I found a recipe in my Home Baking Cookbook from Love Food but I made something based on that one though different. Here is my version:


  • 230g self raising flour
  • Half a teaspoon of baking powder 
  • 125g light muscavado sugar
  • 3 over ripe bananas, peeled and mashed
  • 85g glace cherries, cut into halves roughly
  • 8 dessert spoons of pure orange juice
  • 2 small eggs, beaten
  • 150ml vegetable oil


Sift the flour and baking powder into a large mixing bowl and add the sugar and stir. Add the cherries and mashed banana and stir again. In a separate smaller bowl beat the eggs. Measure out the oil then add the orange juice before mixing the whole lot into the eggs then in turn add that to the dry mixture. Stir until it looks fairly smooth. It will be a fairly wet mix. 


Use a 2lb loaf tin, grease, then pour in the mix. Cook at 150-160oC for 45 minutes before checking with a skewer. Mine needed an extra half an hour on top of this but it pays to check it early to see how it's progressing. The loaf is cooked when the knife comes out virtually clean. This is a very moist loaf recipe.

I made this two weeks on the trot it was so good! The first week I didn't have banking powder so used bicarbonate of soda instead and it was fine. The second week I had no orange juice so used the juice of one lemon which also seemed fine. 

I had a fairly catastrophic disaster with my first loaf  when I overzealously tried to turn it out onto a cooling wire rack  after it came out of the oven. The top opened and it fell about a bit... Do ease round the sides carefully first to avoid wrecking yours! 
simple banana loaf recipe

Do let me know if you try this beauty for yourself. If you like bananas then this is a MUST!

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