Thursday, 14 June 2012

Dads are going bananas…. Dad deserves a cake….!

Brilliant Banana Nut Bread

What better way to give dad a treat than to make a homemade cake or pudding for Father’s Day this Sunday. A totally unrepresentative poll of dads on Grandma Abson’s Twitter and Facebook pages says that Dads like anything homemade. It seems that they go bananas for Fruit cake, any cake with nuts, lemon and chocolate cake. In fact Keith, said 'If most fathers are like me, it should be a bit nutty!'

So I’m verging on a healthy option with this recipe for Banana Nut Bread. It has fruit, nuts and you could even omit the sugar. It can also be made with gluten free flour if you add a bit more liquid (2-3 tablespoons of water or milk) to your final mixture. This recipe is from Nellie Abson, Grandma’s daughter-in-law from Stoke on Trent. She shared a number of recipes with Grandma during the 1950s and 60s. Once bananas were available after the end of 2nd World War rationing, this recipe was very popular. The bananas keep it moist, so you can make it a day or so in advance. The walnuts give it a crunchy texture.


8 oz/225g self raising flour
Pinch of salt
2 oz/50g margarine or butter
2 oz/50g caster sugar
2 oz/50g chopped walnuts
1 egg (beaten)
3 oz/75g golden syrup (warmed)
2 bananas (mashed)

Sift the flour and salt. Rub in the margarine/butter. Add the sugar and walnuts. Blend the egg with the warmed golden syrup and stir in the mashed bananas. Add to the dry ingredients and mix well. Turn into a greased loaf tin. Bake for 1 hour. (350F, Mark 4, 180C)

Grandma has lots more cakes, puddings, teabreads, biscuits and scones with 200 recipes in Grandma Abson's Traditional Baking book.

Have a cake treat with Grandma’s baking and have a Happy Father’s Day this weekend! Let me know which is Dad’s favourite cake.


  1. Thanks for the mention got the wife making me this cake Saturday

    1. Great! Enjoy!Happy Father's day!