Friday Food : Lockdown recipes :Banana bready, cakey treat

For some reason I can’t quite fathom, banana bread has become the dish of this Covid-19 time. Everyone seems to be baking some variation or other of it. Here is Shabana’s version. She likes the crunch provided by the addition of walnuts.




140g butter, softened, plus extra for the tin

140g caster sugar

Two large eggs, beaten

140g self raising flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

Two very ripe bananas, mashed

Handful of walnuts (if you choose)


Heat oven to 180C/160C  fan/gas 4

Butter a 2lb loaf tin and line the base and sides with baking parchment

Cream 140g softened butter and 140g caster sugar until light and fluffy, then slowly add the two beaten eggs with a little of the 140g self raising flour

Fold in the remaining flour, 1 tsp baking powder and the mashed bananas

Add walnuts

Pour into the tin and bake for about 30 minutes

Cool in the tin for 10 minutes then remove to a wire rack