Banana and Walnut Loaf

1 hour 10 minutes
to cook

If I had a pound for every... goes the old cliche.  So here it goes again. 

If only I had a pound for everyone who has praised this cake, rich pickings!  Although it is made here with butter and lard, you could make it with spreadable butter.

The Delia Online Cookery School: Watch how to make Banana and Walnut Loaf in our Cookery School Video, click the image to play

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This recipe is from Delia's Cakes.

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  • Ingredients


First sift the flour and baking powder into a roomy mixing bowl, lifting the sieve quite high to give the flour a good airing as it goes down, then add the butter, lard, egg and caster sugar.

Now, using an electric hand whisk, mix to combine all the ingredients for about one minute until you have a sandy texture. Then in a separate bowl mash the bananas to a pulp with a large fork and briefly whisk them into the cake mixture. Now fold in the chopped walnuts and orange and lemon zests.

Spoon the cake mixture into the prepared tin, level it off on top with the back of the spoon and sprinkle with the demerara sugar. Bake on a lower shelf so the top of the tin is aligned with the centre of the oven for approximately 1 hour 10 minutes. Leave the cake in the tin for 10 minutes, then turn it out onto a wire cooling rack.

Store in an airtight tin in its liner.


Pre-heat the oven to 180°, gas mark 4

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You will need a Delia Online 1lb Loaf Tin (or a standard 2lb loaf tin), lined with a 1lb Bake-0-Glide loaf tin liner. The different sizes mentioned are correct - click here for more details.

The Delia Online bakeware range is now available online, and you can buy our Delia Online Loaf Tin direct from Silverwood.

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