Friday, 2 March 2012

Spiced Banana Loaf

I have two favourite banana breads here and here, and decided to try combining elements of both into one super Banana Bread.  The resulting bread has a lovely spicy taste, and having cut down on the honey is slightly less sweet.

We ate the first loaf I made a few weeks ago.  This is a second loaf which I baked  as a little gift for some friends whom we were  meeting  for a walk in Richmond Park.  (You can see some photos of our walk on my other blog, here.)

Spiced Banana Loaf

8 oz self raising flour
4 oz butter
4 oz sugar
2 eggs
2 tbsp honey
4 bananas (ripe)
The grated rind of 1 lemon
grated nutmeg
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
2    tsp ground ginger

I sieved the flour into a bowl and added the salt.

I rubbed in the butter.

I then added the spices, the sugar, and the lemon, followed by the bananas, eggs  and honey.

I mixed the ingredients together and put them into a lined loaf tin.

I baked until the loaf was firm (test with a cocktail stick) at 180 degrees.

I've just realised, looking at the photographs, that I forgot to tell my friend that the honey I used in the loaf, actually is Richmond Park Honey, which I purchase from the Ham Pantry,  which you can find on Ham Parade, just beside Ham Common in Richmond!

The banana loaf, simply wrapped

A bit of foil, a length of ribbon and a sticky label

Getting my ingredients organised

Sifting the flour and salt

Adding the sugar, lemon rind, and spices

Bananas, eggs and honey

The loaf before the oven

Cooling down before wrapping
(you can also see one of Charlotte's fabulous
Date and Walnut Loaves,
which I have  posted about, here.
There is also a loaf of white bread, I haven't bought bread
from a shop since the beginning of the year!)


  1. I LOVE anything baked that is spiced and this looks fabulous. I have a couple of spotty bananas lurking in the back, so I may need to make this Jude!

  2. Looks gorgeous! I love banana breads with a twist like your spices - will definitely give this a bash when I have some funky looking bananas!

  3. love it... you know I love a banana bread so this spicy one is a great idea for me to jazz my recipe up a bit... I also love your baking case, i've seen a lot of these recently and I am very tempted to purchase... lovely stuff!

  4. Ooh lovely - I love banana bread but never make it as often as I should, will definitely be trying this one.

  5. Im a big fan of banana bread and like the added spice. Lucky friend getting this as a present!

  6. This sounds really good - such a good idea to add the spices!

  7. Nice Banana bread - must promise myself to make some soon. Must look out for these giant baking cases too.

  8. This sounds really lovely, I think the spices and slightly less sweetening will make it more appealing than the usual banana bread which is too sweet for me. So looking for very ripe bananas now...

  9. What a lovely banana recipe- I really love a banana cake that has a good kick of spice. And such a pretty Spring-yellow ribbon around the present!

  10. Such a good recipe, you are a baking connoisseur! Love the photos which show just how good you are. Not only a banana cake but a date & walnut loaf AND an amazing loaf of bread.....lucky family you have! xx

  11. Mmmm, Jude, I can almost smell it, and taste it!! Yum...
    Love banana bread.
    Have a wonderful week!
    - Irina

  12. That's it - I'm making banana loaf today!! love the honey and ginger - great recipe!
    mary x

  13. Mmmm this sounds great. Will be making this soon.

  14. You can't beat a banana loaf, I bet your friends were delighted as you've wrapped it so beautifully.

  15. I love banana cake snd this recipe is great. I have a few old bananas that need using up so will give this a go x


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