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Spelt or Rye Banana Loaf

Moist, delicious banana bread recipe - that looks beautiful too!

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150ml vegetable oil
200g dark brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
350g over ripe bananas
2 free-range eggs
75g natural yoghurt
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp ground cinnamon
¼ tsp salt
225g spelt flour or rye flour
1 banana, peeled and 3 tbsp caster sugar, for the top


1. Heat the oven to 170 degrees cel. Butter a 1kg (or close to) loaf tin and line it with baking paper.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together the oil, dark brown sugar, vanilla and eggs.

3. In a separate bowl, roughly mash up the 350g of bananas. Add the yoghurt, bicarbonate of soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt and stir well to combine.

5. Now add the banana mixture to the egg mixture and stir to combine. Follow with the flour, stirring just until incorporated. Spoon the mixture into the prepared loaf tin.

6. Carefully slice the remaining banana in half lengthwise. Place cut side up, on top of the bread and sprinkle the whole top with caster sugar.

7. Bake in the oven for 45-50 minutes, or until the bread is springy to the touch and a skewer inserted comes out clean. Cool in the tin for at least 10 minutes before turning it out to a wire rack to cool.

Added by: flourmaidcakes

Tags: Rye Spelt Cake fruit

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DELICIOUS. Banana bread has always been disappointing to me. Not enough 'banana' and the lingering taste of baking soda... blah. But i keep trying them, and looking for new combinations. Enter a bag of Rye flour in my pantery that i bought on a whim.... aaaaand, bingo. This is THE banana bread, officially, for me. I don't regret adding a bit of vanilla bean OR rum extract (in addition to the vanilla), some dried cranberries & chopped pecans. I also played with rehydrating dried banana (this one time i didn't have enough fresh banana... lol, and it STILL worked!) I love this recipe. Thanks!

rudylisek 13 January 2018

Comfort food indeed

This recipe worked out a treat for me! It was easy to put together and the ingredients spot on! The dark brown sugar, the spelt flour, cinnamon all worked well with the banana. Yes will do this cake again!

LadyBaking18 05 December 2017

Great recipe

Just made this banana bread and really pleased with how it came out. I've tried lots of banana bread recipes and this is my new favourite - the dark brown sugar and cinnamon give it a lovely depth of flavour.

pastel 31 August 2017


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