The Best Banana Bread

I came across this recipe as part of the Tesco "Food Love Stories" advertising campaign. We've tried making a few things from there and some have been a bit hit and miss, but this one was a real winner. However, their recipe goes on to ice the cake and top it with banana chips... I've never been a fan of these, so decided to stick with a plain loaf instead.

Truth be told, this is the best banana bread I've ever had and if anything I think the topping would detract from the bread itself.


  • 125g unsalted butter
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 175g self raising flour
  • 2 very ripe bananas (about 300g peeled)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 100g sultanas
  • 1½ teaspoons of vanilla extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 170℃ (or 150℃ fan).
  2. Melt the butter and sugar in a saucepan, stirring continuously until the sugar is dissolved. Set to one side and allow to cool slightly.
  3. On a plate, mash the bananas with a fork.
  4. Beat the eggs into the butter and sugar mixture (one at a time).
  5. Mix the mashed bananas into the butter, egg and sugar mixture.
  6. Add the sultanas and vanilla extract and mix these in as well.
  7. Slowly add the flour and salt, mixing all the time.
  8. Pour into a loaf tin and bake for 45 minutes.

In theory you could have this buttered, but it really doesn't need it – the loaf is incredibly moist and is a big treat even on its own. Added bonus – baking this makes your house smell amazing!

This article was updated on 27 July 2021