Australian Women's Weekly Banana Bread Recipe, with a jam glaze. Better than store bought


  • 90g unsalted butter, softened

  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

  • 1 cup (220g) firmly packed brown sugar

  • 2 eggs (large)

  • 1 cup mashed bananas

  • 1 cup (150g) plain flour

  • 1 cup (150g) self-raising flour

  • Optional

  • 2 teaspoons Strawberry Jam

  • 1/2 Cup Walnuts


  • 1.

    Preheat oven to 180c/160c Fan Forced.

  • 2.

    Grease 14cm x 21cm loaf pan and line base and long sides with baking paper, extending paper 5cm above long sides. Add some extra oil or butter to help stick the baking paper to the pan if needed.

  • 3.

    Beat butter, vanilla extract and sugar in a small bowl until light and fluffy.

  • 4.

    Beat in eggs one at a time. Transfer to large bowl and stir in Banana, then sifted flours, in 2 batches. After this, you can fold in the walnuts into the mix, if desired. Spread mixture into the pan.

  • 5.

    Cover pan with pleated foil, and bake for 40 mins.

  • 6.

    Uncover and bake for a further 30 mins. Test if ready by inserting a knife into the center and it should come up clean. Stand for 5 mins and cool on wire rack.

  • 7.

    Optional Glaze - In the last 5 mins of baking, quickly heat up the 2 teaspoons of jam in the microwave for 10 secs until melted. (If not, use 5 sec intervals until jam has melted). Spread melted jam over the top of the bread and return to oven for the last 5 mins.

  • 8.

    Slice when cooled, and keep in an air tight container.

  • 9.

    You can toast the banana bread to re-heat it when eating.

  • 10.

    Serve plain, with butter or with jam.

Nutritional information

Nutritional analysis per serving (12 servings)

  • Energy 253kj
  • Fat Total 7g
  • Saturated Fat 4g
  • Protein 3g
  • Carbohydrate 42g
  • Sugar 20g
  • Sodium 17mg

Note: The information shown is Edamam's estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist's advice.

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When cooled, individual wrap each piece in clingwrap for a quick on the go snack.

Substitute 1/2 quantity of Sugar with Honey for an even tastier alternative.

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Posted by Yulia4Report
This recipe is so good! And the 1/2 honey 1/2 sugar was a good tip. Thanks!
Posted by eleni57Report
The best Banana Bread ever i have baked 3 in the past 4 days ,we cant stop eating it . Simply Delicious !
Posted by JuttsReport
Absolutely delicious. I had three berry jam in the pantry and it worked wonderfully as the glaze. I would definitely make this bread again. Very cake like. I ate it as is and it disappeared quite quickly. I have added the pics to my blog at:
Posted by Janette26Report
just found this recipe , still searching for the perfect banana bread, so here goes can,t wait to taste it thanks guys.
Posted by HP30Report
Ivana, cover cake with Foil and make afold across the centre - like the pleats in a skirt - so it can expand when the Cake rises.
Posted by Suzanne94Report
I finally found the best banana bread recipe! I baked a loaf late last night and couldn't wait for it to cool off to have a slice. My husband and two teenage kids loved this bread. I bake all the time and always searching for the best recipes. It's almost gone so looks like I'll be baking another loaf tomorrow morning. Thanks for sharing your recipe with us.