Banana Bread Recipe

Banana Bread Recipe

Hi again,

A quick entry today all about our cakes – Banana Bread in particular!  As I have mentioned in a previous post (Food Glorious Food – about our new menus), when we took over the business in October 2012, we enlisted the help of friend and former colleague Stephanie Moon (http://stephaniemoon.com/) to transform our menus from… let’s say not home-made dishes… to almost all home-made meals using incredible ingredients from many wonderful York suppliers.

One of the most exciting things to come from this was that we started baking our own cakes each morning.  We started with three simple bakes which were available daily:  Freshly baked scones (made fresh every morning), plus a chocolate and orange brownie, and a bakewell tart.  After a few weeks of getting in to the new routine of baking, our fantastic chefs started experimenting with new options!  Carolyn, our breakfast chef, is the lady in charge of the scones, and she started making cherry scones and chocolate scones in addition to the traditional fruit version.  She also makes an amazing Victoria Sponge!

Andrew another of our chefs has made us a delicious Polish Apricot Cheesecake, made using specialist full fat cheese.  Pietro, our second head chef makes a beautify coffee and walnut cake, and Jeff, our head chef makes the best banana bread!

Jeff’s banana bread is so delicious that we recently received a lovely email from a lady who had visited Galtres Lodge, and said that it was the best banana bread that she had ever tasted!  She was about to take part in a charity coffee morning and asked if we would share the recipe so that she could try it for herself.  We happily obliged, and there recipe is below for you to try too:


250g butter
1 1/2 cup (180g) of caster sugar
4 eggs
1 tbsp vanilla
4 tbsp milk
4 mashed bananas
1 sliced banana
220 g plain flour
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp baking powder


  1. Cream butter and sugar in a bowl.
  2. Add eggs, vanilla essence, milk, mashed bananas and mix well.
  3. Add sifted flour + bicarbonate of soda + baking powder. Mix well.
  4. Add sliced banana. Mix again. 
  5. Bake in 160°C for 1 hour. Check after 40 minutes, if the top turns brown, cover it with foil for the last 20 min. 

 We hope you like it!

 Love from Rebecca X