07 September 2010

Melbourne Epicure Cathie's Banana Bread

The sweet spices in this recipe are so aromatic... mmmm

Firstly, I must say I feel very privileged to be able to share this recipe with you because it has come from one of my all-time-favourite food bloggers; Cathie from Melbourne Epicure. If you are into cooking, or photography, you must treat yourself and visit Cathie's blog: http://www.melbourneepicure.blogspot.com/

Secondly, go get yourself a bunch of bananas and some walnuts and make this one today!! I've road-tested it twice now, and not suprisingly, since it's come from Cathie, this recipe is a Big Winner.

Cathie writes: "This is the second time I have made banana bread, first time was not so good, this time....success. Let me know if you try it, it's somewhat healthier than usual."

(May I add, not only healthy - it is yummy, easy to make and oh, so more-ish!) Thank you Cathie!

My first banana cake straight out of the oven

Banana Bread


•2 eggs

•250g (1 cup + 1 tablespoon) caster sugar

•100ml vegetable oil

•1 cup mashed banana (3 medium overripe bananas)

•1/2 cup sour cream

•dash of milk or cream

•100g crushed* walnuts

•270g (1 3/4 cups) self raising flour

•1 tsp bicarb soda

•1 tsp cinnamon

•1/2 tsp mixed spice


•1 tablespoon brown sugar

•50g (1/2 cup) crushed walnuts (Cathie crushes hers by hand)
•preheat oven to 160C, grease and line a loaf tin, I used 26cm, with baking paper

•beat the sugar and eggs on high until pale and thick, reduce speed and gradually add the vegetable oil

•add a dash of milk or cream to the sour cream to thin it and add to the egg mixture along with the mashed bananas and beat until just combined

•sift in the flour, bicarb soda and spices and add the walnuts and beat only until combined

•pour into prepared pan

•make topping by mixing crushed nuts and brown sugar together then sprinkle on top of batter
bake for about 1 hour and 10 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean
Enjoy this one folks!


  1. OMG let me just say that after having this banana bread at Cathie's house last week, I'd be willing to move suburbs just so I could visit more often!

  2. heheee...thanks Cam!
    glad you liked it Megan, it's easy to make too which is always a bonus.

  3. I would love to make this bread but I would like to know what you use for your mixed spices?