Tropical Banana Loaf

by Trudy ~ Veggie num num on January 5, 2010

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Tropical Banana Loaf

When I was home in North Queensland for Christmas recently my parents had a surplus of home-grown bananas and limes. This recipe is adapted slightly from the Allyson Gofton Palm Sugar & Lime Banana Loaf. The palm sugar, lime and ginger give this classic moist banana cake a lovely tropical flavour and is great for a summer morning tea or afternoon dessert. Delicious!!

This recipe is featured in the Grow Your Own roundup #38 check it out for great recipes made by wonderful people using wonderful home-grown produce!!!

Preparation time: 20 minutes
Baking time: 45 minutes

  • 150g (5 oz) butter
  • ¾ cup palm sugar, softened or grated
  • grated zest of 3 limes
  • 2 free-range eggs
  • 2 ¼ cups wholemeal self raising flour
  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas (you will need about two or three)
  • ¼ cup rice milk
  • ½ tsp of grated fresh ginger root
  • ¼ cup walnuts

for the lime icing

  • 2 cups icing sugar
  • juice of 3 limes

Preheat oven to 180°C/356°F and grease and line a 21cm loaf tin with baking paper.

In a large bowl cream the butter, palm sugar and lime rind.

Add the eggs one at a time beating well to combine.

Fold in the sifted flour, mashed banana, milk and fresh ginger root.

Pour into prepared loaf tin and scatter with walnuts.

Bake the loaf in preheated oven for around 45 minutes, until golden and cooked through (check by inserting a skewer into the middle, if it comes out clean the loaf is ready).

Turn out of the tin and cool on a cake rack.

Mix the icing sugar and enough lime juice to make a smooth icing.

Drizzle over the cooled loaf and decorated with curls of lime peel.

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Nate @ House of Annie January 5, 2010 at 3:22 pm

That is a beautiful banana bread. I like the addition of lime zest and ginger – nice touch!

Since you are using homegrown bananas, I would like you to enter this post in our Grow Your Own roundup. Full details here:

Veggie Num Num January 5, 2010 at 9:25 pm

Thank you Nate : ) the Grow Your Own roundup sounds fun and a great way to share recipes and information on homegrown food and how we all cook and eat around the world. I love cooking with my own produce!!! I’ll make sure to add this one and grab a badge to display here on veggie num num!! Cheers!!

penni benson January 7, 2010 at 11:55 am

love it!!! it is such a beautiful looking website. I have forwarded to all my friends. i am going to start doing more vegie receipies and scotty will just have to learn to like it.

Great to see you at christmas, hope you had a wonderful birthday. See you soon .,
take care

Pen, scott, abby and lacey xoxoxox

robyn fearnley January 10, 2010 at 1:32 pm

Banana loaf was yum! Great website Trud.
Love Mum !

Noelle (An Opera Singer in the Kitchen) January 20, 2010 at 10:59 am

This looks scrumptious! I am saving this recipe!

Christie February 3, 2010 at 5:00 pm

Hi Trudy, visiting via the GYO entries, I am enjoying your site, especially the side dishes – I think there might be some inspiration in there for me! Thanks, Christie.

Trudy (veggie num num) February 4, 2010 at 9:54 am

Noelle I hope you enjoy baking and eating this lovely tropical cake!!

Christie, I’m glad your enjoying veggie num num!!! Cheers!!

veggie wedgie August 17, 2010 at 11:02 am

Thanks for adding me on flickr! I am glad I discovered your blog- it is lovely :)

Trudy (veggie num num) August 18, 2010 at 5:32 pm

Thank YOU so much veggie wedgie for stopping by!! Your blog is a true inspiration… so beautiful :)

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