Banana and Walnut Loaf


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.


  • 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.


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.


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!


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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