Banana and walnut bread with a lime drizzle

1 hour 30 minutes


Banana bread

  • 225g of self-raising flour
  • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tsp ground mixed spice
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 75g of unsalted butter, softened
  • 175g of soft light brown sugar
  • 2 free-range eggs, beaten (medium)
  • 450g of banana, black or very ripe, peeled and mashed
  • 100g of walnuts, chopped

Lime drizzle

  • 2 limes, zested and juiced
  • 75g of caster sugar


Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas mark 4. Grease and line 2 x 1lb (450g) loaf tins with butter and baking paper
Mix together the flour, bicarbonate of soda, mixed spice and salt in a large mixing bowl
Cream the butter and sugar together until pale and fluffy, then add the beaten eggs and flour mixture alternately, mixing well between each addition
Stir in the mashed bananas and walnuts, and mix well
Spoon the mixture into the prepared tins and bake in preheated oven for 1 ¼ hours, or until well risen and dark golden brown
Meanwhile, place the lime zest, juice and sugar into small pan and heat until the sugar has dissolved; prick the loaves all over with a skewer and pour the lime syrup over both loaves whilst still in the tin
After 5-10 minutes, remove the loaves from the tins and cool them on a wire rack before serving in thick slices