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Wednesday, 6 March 2013


I loves using banana to bake cakes.  But I just don't get the chance to wait for the banana to get fully ripe for my bakes because it will soon disappear before that.   So this time, I have to hide a few away in order to bake a banana cake. 

That someone in my house loves to eat banana, but has indicated to me that won't eat anything that is called banana cakes whereas my Sister S won't eat bananas, but any cakes that uses banana, she will eat!  So funny, right? 

Banana Nut Bread
Recipe source from Joyce of Kitchen Flavours ~ adapted from "The Williams-Sonoma Baking Book")
Makes one 9 by 5-inch loaf

6 tbsp (90gm) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup (250gm) sugar  (I use only 150g)
2 or 3 very ripe bananas, coarsely mashed (1 only have about  200gm)
3 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 cups (315gm) all-purpose flour (I use 250g)

1 tsp baking soda  (I use only 1/2 tsp)
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup (90gm) coarsely chopped walnuts, pecans, or hazelnuts (I use walnuts only)

Preheat the oven to 350F (180C). Grease and lightly flour a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan. 

In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together the butter and sugar on medium speed until creamy, about 1 minute. Add the bananas and eggs and beat until smooth. Add the buttermilk and beat just until combined. 

In a bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, nutmeg, salt and nuts. Add the flour mixture to the banana mixture and beat just until combined. The batter should be slightly lumpy. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. 

Pour the batter into the prepared pan. It should be no more than two-thirds full. Bake until the top is dark golden brown and dry to the touch and the edges pull away from the pan sides, about 55-60 minutes. A cake tester inserted into the center should come out clean. 
Let the bread cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then turn it out onto a wire rack and let cool completely. Cut into thick slices to serve.

Since this is a banana related post, I thought I would like to share it AGAIN with you.  I posted this in my previous post, in case you have missed this about banana's fact.

I am baking along with JoyceLena and Zoe, do hop over to see their banana breads and also the rest who are joining us. 


  1. Hi Mel,
    Your cake has a lovely golden crust with moist textured crumbs. Looks perfect!
    You have someone who loves only eating bananas and someone else who loves eating banana cakes in your house. Haha! You have a "win-win" situation both ways in your house! Bananas definitely will not be a waste!
    Thank you for baking along with us, and you have succeeded in the linky too! wink, wink!
    Hope to see you again in next Bake-Along! :)

  2. 我喜欢软软的香蕉蛋糕,不要果仁。可以吗??:P

  3. Your cake looks delicious, my family doesn't eat bananas on their own too so I always have to give away some whenever I have a bunch of bananas and keep some for baking.

  4. Wow, this loaf looks yummy. Will save some overipe bananas for this recipe. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Hello Mel,

    Thanks so much for dropping by earlier. Your banana bread looks delicious! Look forward to see more of your blog. :D


  6. Your cake looks perfectly baked and love how golden it is.

  7. Mel, thanks for sharing this recipe and the tip on the immunity aspect, very interesting. I always dislike eating the bananas when they start to have dark patches, now looks like i'd better change my mind :p.

  8. Hi Mel, your banana bread look awesome. Very fine texture. Love to have this with a cup of hot coffee. Have a nice day.

  9. Hi Mel, Your banana bread looks perfecto with nice texture! I can even smell the lovely aroma of this delicious bread! My elder son is exactly like your sister that don't eat bananas but believe me ,he can eat the whole banana cake or bread in one sitting!!!! LOL

  10. Earlier i was thinking who shared the goodness of dark patches of banana, i remember i seen it somewhere, sorry for short memory, hehehe..Your baked version of banana cake also look wonderful!

  11. Hi Mel, I saw many bloggers baked ths banana bread recently. Thinking to bake one if i have time. I bet your banana walnut cake taste delicious. Could you please reserve one piece for me? haha....

  12. hi mel, very nice to hv you joining us for the 1st time! A lot of times i also purposely buy some bananas trying to make this or that but always end up eating them just like that. It is indeed very funny that your family members hv those likes and dislikes about bananas! thx for baking along with us. Cheers!

  13. your banana bread looks so tempting, mel! i love banana cake.. especially those that uses butter (the more the merrier! ^^)! and i have the same problem at home.. they get eaten up before i can save them for baking! ^^

  14. Hi Mel, your banana nut bread looks great. Love the baked colour...

  15. Hi Mel. You always have nice baked goodies in your house but still manage to stay slim. Tell me your secret.

  16. What a coincidence! I'm smelling my own banana bread (with some raisins and cranberries) sitting on the counter to cool down while I'm reading your post. I feel like I'm about to eat your banana bread! My kids are not into nuts (WHY!!!) so I cannot make one with walnuts (or any nuts). This looks so yummy Mel!

  17. Thanks for the conversion of cups to grams.

  18. Good morning Mel, banana cakes are very popular these days, have been seeing everywhere. Your version looks very delicious there! Can share few slices with me, if there is still some left, haha!

  19. Hi Mel,

    My son is the opposite of your sister. He likes banana more than banana cakes... I have persuade him to have a slice or two whenever I bake anything with banana *sign*

    Nice to have to bake-along and blog hop with us :D


  20. Mel, nice to know you through Free & Easy Bake-Along event. I like the golden crust top. Your "nana" cake looks moist and it must taste really good.

  21. Wow! I am a banana bread fanatic, so this post is like striking gold for me!!! I didn't know about over ripe bananas and TNF - I'm the only one at home who will eat squishy, dark bananas. Hahaha, now I feel very happy :D

  22. Mel,
    I am like you, if I want to bake a banana cake, I have to hide a few banana for my bakes or else they will be gone. My boys love banana. I bunch not

    Your banana cake is so nicely baked. Love the golden browned crust.