Banana & Golden Syrup Loaf

Saturday 29 December 2018

I wasn't allowed to work for the first few months that I lived in the UK.  Having arrived on a Fiance's visa, I had to wait for an employment visa before I could actually apply for a job.  We lived in a very small ground floor Maisonette apartment, which had a small kitchen, a bedroom, a lounge and a bathroom. 

Cleaning and tidying that didn't take a lot of time, to say the least.  

While my husband was at work, I used to enjoy a variety of cooking shows on the television at the time.  One of those was Ready Steady Cook.  It involved a host (Ainsley Harriot), two celebrity chefs and two guests.  

The guests would bring in a mystery bag of ingredients and the chefs would have to make as many dishes as they could from what was in the bag in an allotted length of time.  

That was exactly how I liked to cook . . .  take a pile of ingredients and then see what I could do with them!  Another show I enjoyed was Great British Classics, starring the late chef, Gary Rhodes.  

I was really keen to learn what British food and cookery was all about and he epitomised the very best for me.  I liked his style so much that the first Christmas Todd and I spent together, I asked him for the same entitled cookery book by Gary Rhodes. 

Delia Smith

Gary Rhodes and Delia Smith became my culinary mentors when I first moved to the UK.  I learnt a lot from them and from these basic books!!

This Banana Loaf recipe comes from Gary's book.  

I had bought in a bunch of fresh fruit prior to Christmas Day.  I wanted the Missionaries to have a bit of choice while we were all waiting for dinner to be ready for eating. 

 Needless to say, a lot of it didn't get eating and so today I found myself with some ripe bananas which needed using up. 

I remembered this Banana & Golden Syrup Loaf in Gary's book and decided to try it out. 

Its an all in one recipe where you just bung everything into a bowl, beat it all together and then pour the  batter into a pan and bake.

After having cooked two large meals this week, I wasn't much in the mood for cooking anything very involved, so it suited me to a "T". 

The end result was an incredibly squidgy, moist banana loaf! 

The golden syrup lends a bit of a caramel/butterscotch flavour to the loaf. If you can't find golden syrup, you can just use corn syrup. 

It will work well but might not have the same caramel like flavour. 

  This tasty loaf doesn't have a lot of fat in it. The mashed bananas replace some of the fat in the recipe.  It doesn't rise really high either.  

At first, I thought it has fallen, but when I cut into it, I realized that it hadn't.  It's just a somewhat flattish squidgy loaf. 

We like to enjoy our banana breads warm and spread with cold butter . . .  doesn't everyone?? 

It was really quite a nice loaf.  My favourite banana loaf is still going to be my Sour Cream Banana Loaf, but this one is not too shabby at all! 

Yield: 1 (2-lb) loaf

Banana & Golden Syrup Loaf

prep time: 10 minscook time: 55 minstotal time: 65 mins
A simple and delicious way to use up over-ripe bananas.


225g self - raising flour (1 1/2 cups +2 TBS)
100g butter, softened (1/2 cup)
4medium  ripe bananas, peeled and mashed
50g soft dark brown sugar (1/4 cup packed)
4 TBS golden syrup
4 large free range eggs, beaten lightly


Preheat the oven to 180*C.350*F/ gas mark 4.  Butter a 2
 pound loaf tin and line it with baking paper. (I use the baking liners
that you can buy.)
Measure all of the ingredients into a bowl and beat together until well combined. Pour into the lined tin.

 in the pre-heated oven for 50 to 55 minutes.  The loaf should be golden
 brown, well risen and a toothpick inserted in the centre should come
out clean.

Let rest in the tin for 10 minutes before slipping out onto a wire rack to finish cooling completely.

Note - you can add 50g (1/2 cup) toasted chopped walnuts or pecans if you wish.
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Over-ripe bananas in the fruit bowl always spell Banana Bread to me!  May it ever be so!  Bon Appetit! 


  1. We love Banana Cake..cant wait to try this recipe..thanks for sharing :)

    1. You are very welcome! I hope you enjoy it Daisy! xo

  2. Seeing this reminds me I ordered Golden Syrup from Amazon and it hasn't arrived yet! Better check on that. (I found a recipe for Brit flapjack biscuits that uses it and I'm going to try to come close to Thomas Fudge's. I'm not optimistic but I'll try!) This looks yum and perfect for the syrup!

    1. Oh, you better check on that Jeanie! You will love this loaf. Its very squidgy and moist! xo

  3. Loved the look of this recipe when I spotted it on your instagram feed :-) Ive made it today and it was soooo easy to do. I was worried though it wasnt cooked - although my skewer came out clean - it tasted lovely but I'm guessing it was the bananas that made it look a bit dense?? Just wondering if yours was like that - sorry to ask - I'm not a confident cook and always have a bit of a panic on, as I'm sure my oven is on the blink :-) xx Many thanks xx

    1. I had the same concerns Ali. It is just a very dense cake! At first I thought it was a fail, but it was one of the best banana loaves I have baked. Gary Rhodes always comes up trumps! xo

    2. Phew!! It is delicious :-) xx Thanks for replying xx

    3. I am happy you are enjoying it Ali! It is delicious and your welcome! xo

  4. I love this recipe, sometimes I Make it with 3 bananas it's not so dense, I also sometimes exchange the syrup with honey or maple syrup and add a few raisins for a change. Cinnamon is also nice in this cake.

  5. Oh my goodness Marie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This looks so good!!!!!!!! I haven't seen one of your recipes that I would not make!!!!!!!!! Your recipes are the best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. Thank you so much Cookie Lover! Hey, I love cookies too! xo


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