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Cinnamon banana bread with lemon sugar cubes


Makes: 10 slices
timePrep time: 15 mins
timeTotal time:
Cinnamon banana bread with lemon sugar cubes
Recipe photograph by Martin Poole

Cinnamon banana bread with lemon sugar cubes

Our ultimate banana loaf. Scattering the top of the cake with lemon-dipped sugar cubes is a clever trick that results in a gorgeously crunchy, sweet and sharp topping

Makes: 10 slices
timePrep time: 15 mins
timeTotal time:

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Nutritional information (per serving)
Calories
374Kcal
Fat
19gr
Saturates
8gr
Carbs
44gr
Sugars
27gr
Fibre
3gr
Protein
5gr
Salt
0.4gr

Rebecca Woollard

Rebecca Woollard

Rebecca Woollard started her culinary career as a chalet cook. She is now a food stylist and recipe writer with 10 years of magazine experience.
See more of Rebecca Woollard’s recipes
Rebecca Woollard

Rebecca Woollard

Rebecca Woollard started her culinary career as a chalet cook. She is now a food stylist and recipe writer with 10 years of magazine experience.
See more of Rebecca Woollard’s recipes

Ingredients

  • 100g pecan nuts
  • 125g very soft unsalted butter
  • 175g light brown sugar
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 3 small very ripe or over-ripe bananas (fresh or frozen and defrosted), mashed, plus an extra banana, halved lengthways (optional)
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 225g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 8-10 brown or white sugar cubes

Step by step

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This will keep for 3 days well wrapped in an airtight container. It can also be frozen for up to 1 month, if you don’t add the banana on top.
  1. Heat the oven to 180°C, fan 160°C, gas 4. Grease a 900g loaf tin with flavourless oil and line lengthways with a strip of baking paper that hangs out at either end. Put the pecan nuts on a baking tray and toast in the oven for 8-10 minutes, then remove, cool, and roughly chop.
  2. Put the butter, sugar, eggs, mashed banana, cinnamon, flour and baking powder in a large mixing bowl, add a pinch of salt and beat with an electric mixer until everything is well combined and creamy. Stir through the pecan nuts, then pour into the loaf tin and level the top. Add the banana halves on top if using, cut side up. Put the lemon juice in a small bowl and, working quickly, dip each sugar cube into the lemon juice so it’s completely coated. Scatter the sugar cubes over the cake, around the bananas, without pushing them in at all. Put the cake in the oven and bake for 1-11⁄4 hours, covering with foil after around 45-50 minutes to stop the top becoming too dark
  3. Once a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean (it might have a little banana on it but shouldn’t have any raw cake mixture), remove from the oven and cool in the tin for 10 minutes. After this time, use the two overhanging paper edges to gently pull the cake out of the tin and cool completely on a wire rack. For a glossy top, brush with a little maple syrup, honey or golden syrup before slicing and serving.

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