Tuesday, November 8, 2011


for a cute dessert bake in little bowls and pour custard on top just before serving.

This was my Granny's recipe that I got out of her hand written recipe book. A book with her scrawling hand writing, some pages with stains and marks on the recipe as they were well loved and used often. This is one of them. And it really is a very good recipe. I have adapted it to be gluten free.

125g butter
1 cup of sugar
2 eggs
1 vanilla pod or 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
4 ripe bananas
2 cups gluten free flour
a pinch of salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon bicarb
1/2 cup of milk

Cream together the butter and sugar until smooth.
Beat in the eggs 1 by 1 until thoroughly incorporated.
Add the vanilla pod or essence.
Mash up the bananas well with a fork on a separate plate and then mix into the mixture.
Sift into the mixture the flour, salt and baking powder.
Mix the bicarb with a little of the milk and add to the mixture.
Now add the rest of the milk gradually and then beat the mixture thoroughly
Put into a greased and floured loaf tin (you can use a round cake tin if you don't have a loaf tin)
Bake at 180 degrees celcius for roughly 1 hour (check near the end)

Take out the oven and turn out of the tin after 10 min.
Leave to cool and then slice

Enjoy spread with butter and a cup of tea


  1. Anything passed down from grandmas is a sure winner!
    Thanks for sharing this.

  2. Thanks for sharing this family recipe -- it looks really wonderful!

  3. mmm... me thinks this would go nicely with a smear of nutella & a glass of milk. yummy!

  4. @wendyywy - thanks, yes grannies usually know best ;)

    @Faith - thank you and thanks for visiting

    @Aspiring Kennedy - ooo with milk and nutella YUM!!! you are sooo RIGHT!!!

  5. Okay, so I had two bananas that were on its last legs and two that were very ripe and I found your recipe and decided to go for it. I didn't even have enough of my gluten free flour mix, so I added some brown rice flour and some corn starch to make up for the missing 1/2 cup of flour and the bread came out delicious! I would never know it's GF! I'm loving it this second morning buttered with smart balance (I'm lactose intolerant as well) with my coffee w/lactose free milk and I'm in heaven...once again, thanks to you! Thank you so much. You make standing in my kitchen such a pleasure!!!!

  6. @ST I am so glad you had such a success - even with all the substitions you made :) yay! thank you for all your encouraging and lovely comments :)
    Betty x

  7. My pleasure, Betty! And last night I made your banana icecream. I only have a small blender & nearly burnt the little engine poor thing, but man.....who would believe that plain banana can become awesome tasting icecream. And the consistency...woah! My daughter wanted to know why she can't have more....:) No bananas left! So I'm off to by me a new normal size blender & some ripe bananas! God Bless you!

  8. @ST :) brilliant! my husband and daughter also love the banana ice cream sooo very much and gobble it up! I have to make sure there are frozen bananas in the freezer :) so very glad - sorry you had to go buy a new blender! hugs

    Betty Bake x

  9. :)
    Have a great weekend!
    hugs right back!


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