Friday, 23 December 2011

a christmas banana loaf - Forever Nigella

... not quite sure where this one came from but it was those two very brown bananas staring at me from the bowl that inspired me to get busy... and at this time of year it's all mince pies and eggnog so I thought a little banana bread would shake it up a little... as you know, i'm a regular banana bread maker but for this one I turned to Nigella so I could enter this into the last ever Forever Nigella, hosted by the miniature muffin-sized Sarah from Maison Cupcake under the theme of Christmas Presence... which meant I needed to give it  Christmas twist... easily done with the addition of candied peel and dash or four of wonderful Glenmorangie whisky...  

Christmas Banana Loaf
this recipe (and method) is adapted from one I found in How To Be A Domestic Goddess and because i've adapted it I am showing you the recipe here...

8oz self raising flour
4oz butter
4oz brown sugar

In a large bowl, mix the above into breadcrumbs then add a teaspoon of cinnamon

2oz sultanas, 1 oz of candied peel and 2oz of pre-toasted almond slivers go in next
next mash 2 ripe bananas with 2 beaten eggs and a good glug of whisky and add these to the bowl and mix it all together.

Pour into a loaf tin and bake in the oven for 45 mins at 170c

eat and of course, enjoy! and a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS to you and all your loved ones xx


  1. Merry Christmas Dom hope you and yours have a lovely time. (lovely loaf) xxx

  2. Well you can't go wrong with whisky at Christmas (not unless there's too much of it, anyway). This banana loaf would be great at any time of the year, I'd say. Have a great Christmas.

  3. I love your addition of whisky in this recipe AND the idea of adding in candied peel which I adore. Happy Xmas! X

  4. Ah the joy of overripe bananas - looks like a very festive twist to a classic recipe!

  5. I love baking with bananas and have a few brown ones staring at me too. Great twist on the recipe. Wishing you and yours a very happy Christmas! x

  6. Well you have certainly "Chistmas-ified" the Banana loaf, Dom. Not sure that I'd sacrifice my Glenmorangie for this purpose though! Perhaps a bit of the everyday rum...?

    Best Wishes for a very Happy Christmas.

    (P.S. Pak Choi etc is on its way.)

  7. Even bananas still need using up at Christmas! Lovely festive twists - might be a good vehicle for a little leftover mincemeat too.

    Happy Christmas to you!

  8. Love a bit of whisky! Have a great Christmas!

  9. It makes banana bread have a whole new life! Perfect for Christmas. GG

  10. Mmmmmmm, bananas and whiskey! Have a wonderful holiday.

  11. Great banana recipe. I ask for a Nigella cookbook for Christmas. I'm keeping my fingers crossed. Have a wonderful Christmas Day. Please wish the Viking a Merry Christmas also.

  12. Merry Christmas to Dom and the Viking ~ I have been away since yesterday morning, just got back! GREAT loaf too.....
    Love Karen

  13. Haha - I have a very similar post just waiting to be written. Great looking loaf though.


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