Ultimate Banana Bread | Baking

A light, fluffy version of classic dense banana bread. Add chocolate chips for a luscious, cake-like dessert.

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Golden brown, light & fluffy

This recipe is an adaptation of the Banana Loaf recipe in Mary Berry’s Baking Bible. I’ve made a few minor adjustments, converting the self-raising flour to accommodate all-purpose flour instead. I’ve yet to come across self-raising flour on the supermarket shelves, and this bread comes out as cakey and light by making your own.

You’ll notice your bread looks dark golden on the outside. That’s good! This recipe comes out light, fluffy and cakey on the inside, unlike any other banana bread I’ve tried before. In fact, that’s why I’m sharing it — this is my go-to recipe and its the only one you’ll ever need!

I tend to add a couple of generous handfuls of chocolate chips to the batter before pouring it into the pan. It makes for a great dessert, or toast a slice with some butter for a scrumptious breakfast.

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Golden brown on the outside. Light and fluffy on the inside.

Butter (and) Oil

Mary Berry’s original recipe calls for 4 oz of softened butter. I use half butter and half canola (vegetable) oil because I prefer the fluffier texture you get from using some oil alongside the butter. Make sure your butter is about room temperature, this will ensure it blends easily in with the rest of the ingredients. Melting the butter to a complete liquid state may affect the texture of the cake negatively.

By Volume or by Weight

I make this recipe by weight, but have included volume measurements as well if you don’t have a kitchen scale (though I recommend it!).

banana bread with chocolate chips
Chocolate Chips make everything better!

Ultimate Banana Bread

Light, fluffy, cakey version of the classic dense banana bread. Add chocolate chips for some extra enjoyment!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr

Ingredients
  

  • 2 oz softened butter
  • 2 oz canola oil
  • 6 oz granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 225 grams all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • pinch of salt

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350° F. Line a loaf tin with parchment.
  • Measure all ingredients into a mixing bowl and beat with a stand or hand mixer for about two minutes, until well-blended. Mix in ½ cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips, if desired. Spoon the mixture into the prepared tin and level the surface.
  • Bake in the oven for about one hour, until well-risen and golden brown. a fine skewer inserted into the center should come out clean. Leave the tin to cool for a few minutes, then turn out onto a cooling rack before slicing and serving.

Notes

Recipe adapted from Mary Berry’s Baking Bible.

Enjoy!

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Lauren Harvey

Creative writer, home cook, SLO Life Magazine Health writer and wife always making, learning and finding new adventures. Living by grace. Prone to wander.

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