One extra banana is all you need to take your banana bread to new trendy heights.
Camellia Ling Aebischer

20 Apr 2020 - 1:48 PM  UPDATED 20 Apr 2020 - 1:52 PM

With all this extra time and a taste for freshly-made baked goods, the internet has turned its attention to a few key items of late: sourdough, carrot cake and banana bread.

Banana bread is one of the best baking returns on investment, as a short 40 minutes in the kitchen (30 hands-off cooking time) results in a warm, sticky, sweet cake. Because let’s face it, it’s cake.

If you’ve ever hinted to the Instagram algorithm that you’re interested in food, you may have seen the latest banana bread trend, which I will call the banana split.

Honestly, it’s just a great way to use up extra ripe bananas, and it looks a treat.

I decided to try it out two ways, one in the classic loaf style, and the other utilising the banana’s natural bend.

Brown that butter

For the second bake I took the butter in our Managing Editor Farah’s easy banana bread recipe to nut brown (admittedly after her mentioning it as a signature move), and instead of creaming it with the sugar, mixed everything but the flour in a bowl, then folded the flour through.

I poured the batter into a bundt pan, then grabbed my sliced bananas arranging them with their natural bend in mind, creating the burnt butter banana bundt.

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Easy banana bread

Put banana front and centre on your next loaf by slicing a banana lengthwise and pressing lightly into the top of the batter before baking. You can also make a chocolate version by adding some chopped chocolate and/or a cocoa powder swirl.

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Nutty banana bread

Not only is this banana bread recipe reliable and delicious, it's easy to whip up! Time to give those bananas turning bad or being kept in your freezer some love.

Coconut banana bread lamingtons

Just when you thought lamingtons couldn't get any better, along comes a banana bread version. Arguably these are simpler to make than the traditional sponge-based type, as banana bread is so simple to whip up. You literally measure everything out then stir it all together and bake. Too easy. 

Upside-down caramel banana bread

Move over regular, unadorned banana bread, this one’s a winner! Perfect if you have a crowd coming for weekend brunch. And the best part? This cake's spectacular looks belie how darned quick it is to rustle up. 

Caribbean banana bread

Sweet potato gives an added dimension here – extra moistness, extra sweetness and a touch of earthiness too. You could use steamed mashed pumpkin if you prefer, substitute wholemeal flour for plain white or, if peanuts don't float your boat, scatter any other nut over the top.