Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Banana Caramel Loaf

I have a disgusting addiction to condensed milk. 

I am not sure where it comes from – probably my mother, who attended various boarding schools as a child and has regaled me with stories of what sounds like a fairly St Trinians-esque Irish headmistress who preferred hill walking over hard work in the classroom and ice skating in the quad over isosceles triangles. Scattered among these stories of a childhood that I completely cannot comprehend, are the stories of sweets smuggled in to dorms in regulation navy knickers and cans of condensed milk. The upshot of this is I can pretty much guarantee that there will be a can in the cupboard. I've got a pretty delicious blondie recipe that I never quite get round to blogging that uses it. One day soon, I promise.

One of the other blogs I love to read is the Recipe Rifle. A few weeks ago, she posted a recipe for Banana and Condensed Milk bread. Well, helloooo. Not only does it include condensed milk, but any cake with fruit in it always counts as a health food in my book. 

I was getting pretty excited about this – got to Wednesday which is my usual shopping delivery day – cue some overripe bananas just begging for the condensed milk treatment. Plus, tea was going to be vegetable pasties and potato wedges so the oven was going to be on anyway - it would have been a shame not to have capitalised on that. It was meant to be.

But then – disaster – no condensed milk. Don’t tell me how that happened. However, what I did have was a tin of Carnation caramel. No caster sugar either, but some soft brown, and the end result – a totally delicious banana loaf. I didn’t use nuts because the kids aren’t allowed to take anything with nuts in it to school, but if I’d been baking at the weekend I would have definitely stirred in some walnuts with the bananas.

Banana and Condensed Milk Caramel Loaf

75g butter, softened

25g soft brown sugar
1 large egg, beaten
1 397g can caramel
225g plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
3 ripe bananas, mashed

Preheat your oven to 180c (170c for fan ovens).
Butter & line a 2lb loaf tin.

Beat the softened butter and sugar together until pale and fluffy then add the beaten egg. Beat in the tin of caramel. Sieve together the flour and baking powder, and fold into the caramel mixture.

Fold in the mashed banana and then pour into the tin. Bang the tin a couple of times to level out the mixture, then pop into the oven and bake for an hour, by which time the cake will be beautifully golden and smelling utterly heavenly.

If you can wait till your daughter gets back from ballet (which I had to) I can attest to the fact that it tastes divine, warm out of the oven.


  1. I made this a couple of months ago ( and oh, my word was it the best banana cake ever - I thought it would be too sweet, but actually, the caramel just seemed to make it more intensely banana-ry in the best possibly way. So, yes, totally agree - amazing and thoroughly recommended!

    1. mmmmm banoffee chocolate cake - heavenly. You're right about the caramel. I also worried that it would be too sweet, but no.

  2. There is no wrong if you are addicted to condensed milk :D I often use condensed milk to make my cream-less ice cream.... At least it has lower fat than cream :D

    This banana bread made with condensed milk or caramel seems very interesting. It looks very yummy :D

    1. It is yummy. My kids were begging for more - I think my son would have eaten the whole lot but I told him there had to be some left over for the rest of the week's packed lunches. The I had to resist it after they'd gone to bed!

  3. Oh wow! Condensed milk in a banana bread, that is very exciting stuff. Lordie, I could open a tin now and eat it *restrains self from being propelled to the cupboard..

  4. Never heard of condensed milk in a loaf cake before, but i'm sure it added moisture and a lovely rich taste. Yum x

    1. No, I hadn't either, but it was really really good. I am trying to think of other possible uses ;-)

  5. I echo what others have said... Condensed milk in a banana loaf? I have to say I like the idea, condensed milk HAS to be good right? haha

    Thank you for sharing :O)

  6. I will finally make this cake for hubby's birthday after drooling over the picture for many days.


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