Banana bread
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Banana bread

Everybody needs a good banana bread recipe for when you have a few black bananas needing used up. This is ours - a really simple recipe that kids will love.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
Course: Afternoon tea
Cuisine: American, British
Keyword: banana, loaf
Author: cookingwithmykids


  • 270 g soft brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 200 g bananas
  • 280 g plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 140 g butter
  • 100 g raisins


Preheat the oven to 170C and grease a 23x13 baking tin with butter and dust with flour.

    Mix the sugar and eggs together

    • Measure the sugar into a small bowl then pop it into a mixing bowl or freestanding mixer. Crack the eggs into a small bowl. Once you’ve got rid of any shell, pop them in the mixer.
    • Give everything a mix using a paddle attachment, (or if you don’t have a mixer use a couple of wooden spoons or a hand held mixer) until its well incorporated.

    Add the bananas

    • Peel and mash the bananas then mix them into the sugar and egg mixture.

    Add the dry ingredients

    • Measure the flour out into a bowl. Add the bicarbonate of soda, baking powder, cinnamon and ginger.
    • Mix everything together until it everything is well incorporated into the eggs and sugar.
    • Add the butter and raisins
    • Melt the butter in a small saucepan, and then add it into your mixture. Throw in the raisins before giving it one final mix.

    Cook the loaf

    • Pour the mixture into your prepared baking tin. Bake for around 1 hour. It’s cooked when it is firm to touch and a skewer or sharp knife inserted into the middle comes out clean.
    • Leave to cook in the tin slightly, before turning out to cool completely on a wire rack.