Paul Merrett's banana loaf

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Paul Merrett?s baked banana loaf
Paul Merrett?s baked banana loaf
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  • Skill level: Easy peasy

  • Costs: Cheap as chips

Paul Merrett made this cake for Marie Curie Cancer Care's Blooming Great Tea Party. A hearty banana, date and walnut loaf with a creamy coffee icing is the perfect accompaniment to a cuppa


  • 100g butter - diced
  • 140g light muscovado sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 ripe bananas – mashed lightly with a fork
  • 8 dates – pitted and cut into quarters
  • 50g walnuts
  • 50g raisins – soak in hot water for 10 mins
  • 150ml Greek yoghurt
  • 280g plain flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
For the icing
  • 140g butter, softened
  • 280g icing sugar
  • About 2 tbsp of good strong black freshly made coffee

See how to throw your own Blooming Great Tea Party to raise money for Marie Curie Cancer Care.


  1. With an electric mixer or whisk beat the butter and sugar together for a couple of minutes then beat in the eggs.
  2. Stir in the banana, walnuts, dates, yoghurt and raisins
  3. Tip in the flour and bicarbonate and stir by hand.
  4. Pour the mix into a 25cm cake tin lined with baking paper (or you could bake the cake in a terrine/loaf mould)
  5. Bake at 160°C/350°F/Gas Mark 4 for 1 hour approx. Cool for 15 minutes before turning out and allow to cool completely before icing.
  6. To make the icing beat the butter with half the sugar and gradually beat in the coffee.
  7. Beat in the other half of the sugar and spread generously over the cake.

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