sisterly banana bread recipe

Sisterly banana bread

My pastry chef sister, Odette, was kind enough to give me this recipe – potentially after a little sisterly pressure. It’s really somewhere between banana bread and cake, with a super moist and finely textured crumb. Eat this just as is on the day of baking, or try a slice with a spread of butter.

Serves: 6 to 8

100ml extra-virgin olive oil
1 × egg
50g natural yoghurt
2g (¼ tsp) salt
170g plain flour
4g (1 tsp) baking powder
4g (1 tsp) bicarbonate soda
200g pureed banana, plus 1 sliced banana
110g caster sugar


Preheat the oven to 170°C fan-forced (190°C conventional).

Grease a 25cm loaf tin and line with baking paper.

Combine the oil, egg, yoghurt and salt in a small bowl.

Add the flour, baking powder and bicarbonate soda to a medium bowl and dry whisk to remove any clumps.

Add the pureed banana and sugar to the bowl of a stand mixer and beat on medium with the paddle attachment until incorporated.

Turn the mixer to low and gradually add the oil mix until incorporated. Add the flour mix and beat for 3 minutes until incorporated.

Tip the mix into the prepared tin, top with the sliced banana and bake for 25 to 30 minutes until cooked – the cooked cake will be springy to the touch, and a skewer will come out clean.

Set aside to cool in the tin before unmoulding and serving.

New Kitchen by Karen MartiniRecipes from New Kitchen by Karen Martini, published by Pan Macmillan, available now, RRP $44.99.