Saturday, 30 April 2016

Banana Loaf

BBC Good Food Brilliant Banana LoafIt's not very often I bake from scratch, however when I do there's a 95% chance it'll be something sweet - one look at my Green & Black's Chocolate Cookie baking session is enough to warrant a filling!  However for this Bank Holiday weekend, I figured I'd step away from the chocolate and share a recipe with ingredients more likely to already be in the cupboards - banana loaf.  Armed with a recipe from BBC Good Food online, I began mashing bananas at the end of the day as the sun slowly disappeared behind the trees...
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Having first tried Banana Loaf while on a Champneys retreat this time last year, it seemed like a lovely springtime snack to attempt after twelve months of nostalgia.  The recipe I've followed is BBC Good Food's Brilliant Banana Loaf -  an incredibly popular recipe that takes about an hour in total, including preparation and baking (I found a longer baking time was needed).  This version doesn't share the health spa's main goal of healthy eating, and rather places more emphasis on creating a tasty treat - meeting somewhere between banana bread and a sponge... which suits me just fine!

  • 140g butter , softened, plus extra for the tin
  • 140g caster sugar
  • 2 large egg, beaten
  • 140g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 very ripe banana , mashed
  • 50g icing sugar
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food photography uk bloggerThe most appealing aspect of baking a loaf/sponge is undoubtedly the easy-slice shareable quality, however in the case of this recipe, that is pipped to the post by its purpose of using up overripe bananas.  You know, the ones you bought last week and vowed to eat, only to spend the last seven days reaching past them to get to the Snickers.  I have to admit, I didn't much enjoy the process of mashing the overripe bananas - it turns out I have a weaker stomach than I'd realised! However, the end result was more than worth it; the texture was light at first bite, but dense to chew (great!) and the loaf undoubtedly reignited my love for bananas - in cake form, that is.
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For the finishing touch, I kept things simple by drizzling icing over the loaf.  Though, if that doesn't get your stomach rumbling, try dried banana slices, melted chocolate, nuts or perhaps even assorted chocolate chips.  Speaking of which, I may well give chocolate and banana cake a go soon. Mmm...

With love,

Gabrielle x

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  1. This looks so so delicious! I love banana loaf so much, you can't beat it! Gorgeous photos :) xo

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  2. Mmm I absolutely adore banana bread.... I definitely was thinking of making some tomorrow actually! Watch this space...

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  3. Oh this looks so yummy! I will try out this recipe for sure - I hope I'll find time very soon!
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  4. This looks incredible! I love banana bread. The dense, yet soft and sweet flavor just can't be beat! I love adding walnuts to mine. But chocolate sounds like a great idea. Thanks for sharing!

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  5. All of those toppings you suggested sound delicious, though the classic icing really appeals to me as well. Banana cake/bread or a loaf is one of my favourite things, and funnily enough I do have some overripe bananas laying around...

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  6. Oh gosh, this look so yummy! You are so good with everything, so fit, travel to amazing places and now you can cook amazing food. x perfect !! love your blog

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  7. OMG! Yummy! I would try this at home! Thanks for your wonderful comment on Qing's Style Please always keep in touch, I would love to hear from you!

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  8. This cake seems so delicious !
    Should try this recipe.
    Xx,
    Margot

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  9. Baking from scratch. Wow, impressive.
    And this looks yummy too.

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  10. looks yummy, and super easy to make. I love love love banana bread :) x
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  11. I'm sure it tasted great! I should take the time and bake more often too.

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  12. I tried a similar recipe one day and the result was so awful! :(
    So now I absolutely have to try your recipe! From these pics it looks sooo delicious! *-*
    HAve a lovely day! :*

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  13. This actually looks amazing. I'm envisioning a huge slice for breakfast tomorrow, though I'm also imagining there's no actual banana in it. I hate bananas! (And I feel like I'm the only one in the world with this dislike most days loool!)

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  14. I love this post! Thanks for sharing!

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  15. This looks so good! I think it makes the perfect breakfast and a great bank holiday treat :)

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  16. Gabrielle, you had me at bananas! I am B A N A N A S about bananas! Haha
    I hope you have a lovely start to the week :)

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  17. yummy !
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  18. I’m in love! This is so yummy. Hope you have an amazing new week!

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  19. This looks tasty Gab.
    I think i might try it over the weekend.

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  20. Sounds amazing! Great post babe x

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  21. This looks so yummy! I made banana bread recently and it also tasted amazing. I should really try this recipe out! :)

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  22. This looks so good! Haha I'm the same with the overripe bananas and can't stomach them the texture and smell but using them in this kind of cake sounds really appealing. I could just reach into the screen and take a slice LOL. Gemma x
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    1. Updated comment, I made this today with my children and it's delicious. Thanks so much for the inspiration. Gemma x

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    2. Oh you're very welcome and I'm so pleased to hear that Gemma!

      Gabrielle x

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  23. Yum!! Going to test my baking skills out with this one!

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  24. I love Banana bread! It was a staple in my house while I was growing up. My mom and nana always used to battle it out to see who was the best Banana Bread Maker lol. Thanks for sharing Gabrielle!

    Keisha xo
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  25. It looks so delicious!! ☺
    Nati xx
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  26. Oh man, I've been looking for a good banana loaf recipe, and this looks like a winner! I've got to try this out soon. Thanks for sharing!

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  27. Great recipe, I grew up eating banana loaf, and very delicious too!

    besos,
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  28. Sooo tasty *_*

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  29. All my friends are always telling me to try baking a banana loaf and honestly I have no idea why I keep forgetting to do it for I really like bananas in every shape and form.

    I must admit that your loaf looks fantastic...and delicious!!! hence inspiring a desire to finally give it a go. I love how you kept it simple...sometimes that is the best way to go. Banana is supposedly one of healties fruits and it has that 'happiness factor', like chocolate it has an ingrediant that tells our brain to be happy...so that's an additional reason.


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  30. The banana loaf looks just perfect! When I was a kid, my mom used to bake banana loaves with chocolate chips. So delicious, and still one of my childhood's favorite treats:)

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  31. This looks soooo yummy! I've never actually made banana loaf before but I definitely need to give it a try! :) xx

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  32. looks so delicious! nice post xx
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  33. I LOVE banana bread! this loaf looks moist and delicious!
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  34. Looks so scrumptious and yummy! Gorgeous shots!

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  35. Whoah I don't normally like banana bread; most of the ones I've eaten are dull but yours look golden and really appetizing!

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  36. Oh my goodness, this looks insane, and so simple too (well, no baking is simple for me but the ingredients and recipe looked easier than the scary ones in the books haha). How I wish I had this for breakfast right now <3

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  37. Mmm, I want some of that loaf! The drizzle on top is a great final flourish

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  38. Looks yummy!
    Hugs,
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  39. Oh my goodness, yuummm! It looks so tasty and soft, perfect for the coming days. I think I might need to give this a go this bank holiday, if only exam revision wasn't taking over my life haha ♥

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  40. I am in LOVE with your blog. Your photos are so clear and beautiful.

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  41. This looks utterly divine Gabrielle, you're such a talented baker; Banana loaf is always a favourite of mine and your version looks so delish! Love how you've kept it simple yet added such a magical touch with the drizzled icing. I've just caught sight of your Green & Black's chocolate chip cookies and they look just as gorgeous. All the amazing! <3

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  42. You're not only beautiful, but bake too! Have a wonderful week, my dear! xoxo

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  43. I am obsessed with sweet treats - it's a good thing I don't bake because that could be dangerous ;) Both this bread + the photos look amazing! You're so talented xx

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  44. this banana loaf looks just perfect for my tea time, I will definitely try it one of these days, babe
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  45. Ist a banana bread recipe usually the first post on every lifestyle blog? At least here in Germany this is a running joke.
    I do bake banana bread quite often, as my daughter refuses to eat brown bananas and I refuse to throw them out.

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  46. Banana bread is the best! My son LOVES it and so do I! I prefer it with my morning coffee! :) Great post and recipe, Gabrielle!
    Happy Monday, love!
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  47. I love banana bread, and I love making cupcakes from them too, they are so fab! I will ocassionally put peanut butter in the recipe too, so yummy!

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  48. Since we're both in the UK (boo!) we don't exactly get the best weather at all times. So I feel like a thick loaf of this with a big cup of tea and a good book on a cold night would be absoloutely perfect! So little ingredients too!

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  49. I'm not the biggest fan of banana loaf/cake but I have to admit, that one looks amazing!

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  50. oh my gosh, just by the hpotos, I want to eat it now :D looks so delicious and yummy *_* I love bana loaf and I can totally imagine how it tastes <3
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  51. OMG!!! Can you send me some? Haha! Love everything about this post. Thanks for sharing darling! Happy Monday!
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  52. wow! that looks sooo tasty!

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  53. My nan makes the most delicious banana loaf. I'll have to try this out and compare the two!

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  54. Buon inizio settimana...ciao.

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  55. I can finish this in one go! Love banana flavour and this looks baked to perfection!
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  56. This looks incredibly delicious, Gabrielle! I just pinned it because I definitely intend on making this someday, my husband would love it, he loves anything with banana! Thanks so much for sharing and I hope you have the most amazing start to your May!

    XO,

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  57. This banana loaf looks so delicious! :)

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  58. Gabrielle! My mouth is watering. Tomorrow I'm going to bake it promise. Baci, Valeria - Coco et La vie en rose NEW POST and LINK UP

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  59. OMG, this looks so good, Gabrielle and my water is really watering! Thank you for the recipe, I can't wait to try it for the two boys.

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  60. This looks so good! I think I will be making this tomorrow as I have a whole bunch of bananas sat looking very sorry for themselves! x
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  61. Ohh yummi! This banana loaf looks so tasty! I love banana flavour! Thank you for sharing this recipe, Gabrielle! :)
    I try it this week :)
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  62. This looks so delicious. Thanks for the recipe Gabrielle. Have a lovely day.
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  63. This looks great! We love banana bread. I also have a recipe for banana cupcakes with browned butter cream cheese frosting from a book called Chicken and Egg and it's amazing! You'll have to look into it.

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  64. This look delicious! I love making banana bread, I like to add a little vanilla extract too =o)

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  65. Your banana loaf is a real success ;-) You're a very skilled girl, Gaby ;-) Well done! BTW, I'll keep this recipe and bake it, soon. Thank you sweetie

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  66. This looks really delicious and yummy and so easy to make. I think I might try this. Looks too good not to.

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  67. have to try this! ♥

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  68. Yummy! Banana loaf is so good! Especially to have with a nice hot cup of tea! I just love this :-) http://www.bauchlefashion.com

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  69. I think I'll for sure try this recipe out!!!
    Btw, your blog is just amazing, I'm now following you (:
    Have a great day,
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  70. This look absolutely yummy. Personally, I love everything that has banana in it, more than the taste of actual banana :D. Weird I know. I must try this.

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  71. This looks so delicious and moorish Gabrielle! Do you know what would go really nicely with this? Nutella or some strawberry jam on the side *licks lips*

    I love home made cakes and this one really does look very well made!

    Good job and lovely photographs too!

    Thanks for sharing your tasty treat with us, really wouldn't mind a slice of this delicious looking banana loaf right about now! I have such a sweet tooth.

    Love,

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  72. This looks so yummy! Thanks for sharing! Banana Loaf is actually one of my favourites and I kind of like it when it turns out a little moist. Haha that's the best word I could find to explain what I'm talking about.

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  73. Oooohhh gabrielle! This looks so delicious *_^ hubby loves a banana cake. I don't bake that much, but if we ever eat banana cakes, there wouldn't be any toppings on them though, that's how we take it.

    I shall keep this recipe in mind and try it one fine day... Haha which usually translate to almost never in my book!! Yucks

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