Sweet

Banana and Walnut Loaf

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This is my last blog post for 2018! Apologies that these have been sporadic at times, I need to get a timetable for my baking for 2019 so its a little more reliable. Saying that, our own little bun is cooking away and will be ready in mid February so I will either spend more time baking or less whilst I am off work – we will see!

A colleague at work made this a few weeks ago and I really enjoyed it as a nice alternative to my Banana and Chocolate Chip Loaf. Although it wasn’t quite as moist, its still nice either on its own or with some custard. I found this recipe on BBC Good Food but as with most there are other alternatives around.

Ingredients

  • 100g unsalted butter
  • 140g caster sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 225g plain flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 4 ripe bananas
  • 85g walnuts, chopped
  • 50ml milk

Start by preheating your oven to 180C / 160C Fan / Gas 4 and grease and line a 2lb loaf tin.

Next, mix together the butter, sugar and egg before adding in the flour and baking powder until its all combined.

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Peel and mash the bananas then add these and the chopped walnuts into the mixture and stir together. Depending how thick the mixture is you should add a splash of milk to loosen.

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Once you are happy with the consistency, pour the mixture into the pre-prepared tin and bake for one hour – mine took longer than an hour as we have a fan oven so just keep an eye on it until a skewer comes our clean. Leave the cake to cool in the tin before you turn out onto a wire rack, slice and serve!

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As I said this was a nice alternative to my other banana loaf recipe and the walnuts added a bit of texture but the cake was still nice and moist. Some preferred this to the other recipe but I still prefer my original with chocolate!

I do enjoy making loaf cakes as they are so simple. I’ve made a few this year and I think its worth trying some others out in 2019!

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