I don’t bake all that often, and when I do I have a handful of recipes that I am really comfortable with. I like easy recipes, cakes I can quickly make that the whole family will love. One of my go-to recipes is my banana loaf which has never failed me and always goes down well with the kids. Well, as it’s so reliable, I thought I would try something a little different and throw some walnuts into the mix, creating a banana and walnut loaf recipe.
I tend to go through phases with my baking. Some months I will bake regularly, and then I might got for another four or five months without any interest in trying new recipes at all. But during that time, my banana loaf recipe will always tempt me and I will throw it together regularly.
This is what led me to trying this new banana and walnut loaf recipe. I thought that it would give me a little twist on an old favourite, and I am absolutely sold on it.
I’ll be honest, I just guessed an amount and added them into the original recipe whilst crossing my fingers that it would work. And it really did! There are a couple of points to bear in mind when adding in walnuts but I’ll get to that in a moment.
There is something so cosy and comforting about this cake. Banana and walnut loaf, with a hot cup of tea, is a wonderful afternoon break. Add a good book into the mix and it sounds like my perfect afternoon!
Anyway, enough daydreaming about eating the cake, and onto actually making the cake.
Here’s what you’ll need and the recipe:
Banana and Walnut Loaf Ingredients
6oz (170g) self-raising flour
5oz (140g) margarine
5oz (140g) sugar
3oz (85g) chopped walnuts
1 large egg
2 over-ripe bananas
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 tsp baking powder
Banana and Walnut Loaf Recipe
Preheat your oven to 180°C and line a loaf tin with greaseproof paper.
Mix the margarine and the sugar together until smooth, then add in the egg and stir.
Sift in the flour, and add the baking powder, vanilla essence and cinnamon. Stir it all together.
In another bowl, chop the bananas and then mash them to a gooey mess with a fork. Add them into the mixture and stir in.
Chop your walnuts into small pieces and then coat them with flour. This is to stop them all sinking to the bottom of the cake whilst it bakes. Then add them into the mixture and stir through until evenly spread.
Pop the mixture into the ready-lined tin and into the pre-heated oven, middle shelf. Bake for 45 minutes.
And you’re all done!
This banana and walnut loaf is so easy to make and it turned out beautifully.
If you give it a go, do let me know!
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