• If you have overripe bananas lying around, don’t throw them in the trash. Make this easy banana bread instead!

    We love eating a slice with a thick spread of butter, but others might enjoy a slice with some peanut butter, jam, cream or chocolate spread.

    It doesn’t matter how you prefer it, all that matters is that there is always a freshly baked loaf at hand.

    Fluffy banana bread

    Serves: Makes one loaf
    Cooking Time: 1 hr 5 mins


    • 240g (2 cups) cake flour
    • 2,5ml (½ tsp) baking powder
    • 3,75ml bicarbonate of soda
    • 2,5ml (½ tsp) salt
    • 115g (½ cup) unsalted butter
    • 200g (1 cup) sugar
    • 2 eggs
    • 5ml (1 tsp) vanilla extract
    • 60ml (¼ cup) milk
    • 2 very ripe bananas, peeled and mashed



    Preheat the oven to 180°C. Grease a 10 x 20cm loaf tin.


    Sift together the cake flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt.


    Using an electric mixer, cream together the butter and sugar.


    Add one egg at a time to the butter mixture, beating in between each addition.


    Add the vanilla extract and beat until mixed through.


    Add half of the sifted dry ingredients and half of the milk, and mix lightly. Add the remaining dry ingredients and milk, and mix again.


    Mix the banana into the batter until smooth and well combined.


    Pour the batter into the prepared loaf tin and bake in the preheated oven until golden brown and firm in the centre, about 50 minutes. Leave to cool before removing from the loaf tin.

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    Recipe and styling by Vanessa Marx

    Photograph by Bruce Tuck

    Imka Webb

    Imka Webb is a freelance digital marketing expert and the digital editor of Food & Home Entertaining magazine.  www.imkawebb.com