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South African Recipe for Banana Bread

Updated on August 23, 2010

The Ingredients for South African Banana Bread

A truly South African Recipe for Banana Bread

You will need to have these ingredients ready to make Banana Bread

125g of margarine or butter
125ml (½ cup) of white or brown sugar
3 large eggs
3 bananas peeled
3ml (½ teaspoon) of vanilla essence
400ml (1⅔ cup) of baking flour
a pinch of salt
a pinch of bicarbonate of soda
10ml (2 teaspoons) of baking powder
45ml (3 Tablespoons) of low fat or 2%milk

Best Homemade Banana Bread Recipe

This is what your Banana Bread will look like in 1 hour from now.
This is what your Banana Bread will look like in 1 hour from now.

You will need these items to make your Banana Bread

A bread shaped tin for your Banana Bread.

A wooden spoon.

A mixing bowl.

A fork for mashing.

A whisk or electric beater.

A table spoon and teaspoon for measuring.

A cup for measuring.

The Easy steps to making your banana bread

  1. Firstly use some additional margarine or spray and cook to grease the shaped tin in which you will add the mixture.
  2. Next you will need to squash the margarine and sugar with a wooden spoon.
  3. Crack open the eggs one at a time and add the unbeaten eggs one at a time to the mixture of sugar and margarine and beat thoroughly with the whisk.
  4. Mash the peeled bananas with your fork and add to the mixture with the vanilla essence.
  5. Use the sieve for the flour, salt, bicarbonate of soda and baking powder and add to the mixture with your milk. Continue to mix all the items into your mixture.
  6. Place the mixture into the baking tin and smooth flat and then bake the mixture for half an hour at 180ºC in your oven.
  7. After the first half an hour, reduce the heat in your oven to 140ºC and bake for a further half an hour or until nicely browned and baked through.
  8. If you feel unsure and need to test throughout the baking process if its ready or not, push a skewer or knitting needle into the loaf. If the needle comes out clean with no mixture on it,then your Banana Bread is ready. If some of the cake mixture sticks to the skewer, then the Banana Bread needs more baking time. Then just check every 5 minutes until ready.

A useful tip would be to keep the banana bread for a few days before serving it as Banana Bread is one of the few recipes that get better with age.

If you are feeling a little adventurous, add in a few pieces of chocolate to the mixture or a half a teaspoon of cinnamon.

Let me know how it goes and bookmark this page in your browser if you like for future.


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    • Chris Achilleos profile image

      Chris Achilleos 

      6 years ago

      Great hub :) Thanks for sharing. Voted up!

    • profile image

      Queen Elizabeth 

      6 years ago

      this is brilliant food, but is it actually classed as a bread?

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      7 years ago

      Can this Banana Bread be frozen?

    • cathylynn99 profile image


      8 years ago from northeastern US

      how much is 125 g butter in cups? by a bit of quick figuring, i think it's about 1/2 cup or a stick, which is 1/4 pound.

      also, what's the fahrenheit temp?

    • Dale Nelson profile imageAUTHOR

      Dale Nelson 

      8 years ago from South Africa

      Hi JC,

      Thats fantastic.Simple recipe but never disappoints.

      Glad you enjoyed it.

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      8 years ago

      Thanks and my banana bread turned out outstanding! I used it to bring into my class for feast day! It was so good that my sister is doing it for her feast day but adding the chocolate and cinnamon!

      Thanks again,


    • Dale Nelson profile imageAUTHOR

      Dale Nelson 

      8 years ago from South Africa

      Hi JC,

      The Bicarb/Baking soda is only used to assist in the raising process and minimal is needed for a loaf of Banana Bread .

      Below is a clear definition from wikipedia,Hope this helps with your ???

      Sodium bicarbonate is the chemical compound with the formula NaHCO3. Because it has long been known and is widely used, the salt has many other names including sodium hydrogencarbonate, sodium bicarb, baking soda, bread soda, cooking soda, bicarb soda, saleratus or bicarbonate of soda.


      Cooking - Sodium bicarbonate is primarily used in cooking (baking) where it reacts with other components to release carbon dioxide, that helps dough "rise."

      A small amount can be added to a beef stew to make tough meat tenderize faster.

      Can be used when preparing tomato sauce to neutralize the tomato's acidity.

      It is added to beans in water to prevent flatulence produced by digesting them.

      Miscellaneous and domestic uses

      As a deodorizer

      An absorbent for moisture and odors e.g; an open box can be left in a refrigerator for this purpose. However, according to one source, baking soda does not actually absorb odors well when used in a refrigerator.

      To help relieve itching due to bacterial infections

      As pest control

      It may be used to kill fleas, ants, and other insect pests; the powder abrades their exoskeletons. If it is applied to a pet's fur, it should be rinsed off to prevent skin problems.

      Can be used to kill crab grass. Must be used repeatedly to control but is effective. Dampen area then sprinkle lightly, too much may harm desired grass temporarily.

      Medical uses

      It is used as an antacid to treat acid indigestion and heartburn.

      Mixed with water and drunk, it can relieve cystitis.

      Mixed with water in a 10% solution can soften earwax for removal.

      More info:…

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      8 years ago

      only a pinch of baking soda???

    • Dale Nelson profile imageAUTHOR

      Dale Nelson 

      9 years ago from South Africa

      Thanks Kitty, Glad you enjoyed it.

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      9 years ago

      great recipie. Thanks, just what I was looking for to use up bananas.


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