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Thursday, 23 February 2012

hazelnut & buttermilk banana loaf...

I have written of banana bread here before. This butter-less banana bread is the nutty type and easier again if such a thing is possible... and with minimum washing up, my favorite kind of loaf! It's what to make when you are being badgered into baking something but don't want to spend the rest of the evening cleaning up after it. If you have children over the age of three they can also do a lot of the work themselves, which is fair, as it is they who have done the badgering.

As with all banana bread, the very best bananas to use are the kind that are so old and blackened that they look like they have been in a house fire. The buttermilk keeps this very moist and can be replaced with natural or hazelnut yogurt in a pinch. The hazelnuts are best toasted before being added to the mix. It is not essential but it does release their inner nuttiness.

2 eggs
80 ml buttermilk
120 ml vegetable oil
225 g mashed bananas (about two large ones)
300 g golden caster sugar
220 g all-purpose flour
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
55 g chopped hazelnuts (toasted)

Preheat oven to 165 degrees C. Grease one 9x5 inch loaf pan. In a large bowl mash the bananas. Add the buttermilk, vanilla and oil, beat in the eggs. Stir in the sugar. Sift the flour, baking soda and salt onto the mix and mix well. Finally stir in the hazelnuts and pour into prepared loaf pan. Bake for one hour and twenty minutes or until a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool and serve with a spoon of cream, unsweetened as this is quite a sweet loaf. A drizzle of icing or syrup, a few banana chips and hazelnuts for extra crunch.


  1. That is one epic banana loaf! Happy belated banana bread day - please will you send me a piece if you have leftovers? :-)

  2. This nutty banana loaf cake is calling out to me, so delicious!!

  3. Amee,
    I want this cake right now. In fact, I want it so badly that I've just nominated you for a Liebster Award. You can read about it here http://foodiefancies.blogspot.com/2012/0

  4. Amee, normally I'm not a huge fan of banana breads, but THIS nails my definition of what it should be! Love it and I'm only sad I don't have a piece in front of me right now ;) I have featured this post in today's Friday Food Fetish roundup. Let me know if you have any objections and thanks as ever for the inspiration...

  5. Oh my god... I want this now. And you trying to steal my cheese! A fair trade should be agreed to, no? Do you every use frozen bananas?

  6. Oh, my! Simple, but totally fabulous (said in the manner of Ina Garten!) Looks amazing, and I must do it.

  7. Wow, looks so delicious! Really yum!

  8. Oh Amee that looks so gorgeous! I am speechless.

  9. Oh, look! You have a banana loaf going on here too! Great minds think alike :)

    Lovely photos as always, Amee!

  10. yum !!! in the oven as we speak, was a rather large batter so i put it into 2 bread tins :)


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