A Bake in the Life: Banana, Date and Cherry Loaf

This week’s baking theme is banana! If you have no idea what I’m talking about catch up here ūüôā Personally I’m not a big fan of the taste and texture of fresh banana on it’s own, however when it comes to baking with it – I love it.

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My mum made this loaf very regularly when I was growing up and it has become one of my all time favourite cakes.¬†I haven’t made it while I’ve been at university as I never really have glac√®¬†cherries¬†around (The time we made¬†Fifteens¬†being a prime example…) or¬†dates¬†for that matter. So when we decided on the theme of banana this week, I knew straight away I needed to buy some glac√® cherries and dates, and get baking!

Banana, Cherry and Date Loaf

You will need:

2 Ripe Bananas

1 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda

2 tbsp Boiling Milk (Boil the milk in a mug, in the microwave)

4oz/113g Butter

6oz/170g Caster Sugar

2 Beaten Eggs (I usually just do this in a mug!)

1 tsp Baking Powder

8oz/227g Plain Flour

2oz/57g Chopped Glacè Cherries

2oz/57g Chopped Dates (You can just used a snack pack, if you don’t want to buy a huge bag of dates!)

You can also half all the ingredients if you want a slightly smaller loaf – remember to also adjust the baking time, around 40-45 minutes works well.


Let’s get started!

  • Preheat the oven to 160¬ļC/325¬ļF/Gas mark 3.
  • Grease and line a loaf tin with grease proof/baking paper.
  • Peel and mash¬†bananas¬†in a bowl. Dissolve the bicarbonate of soda in the boiling milk, and pour this over the bananas. Mix together until combined.



  • Sift the flour,¬†baking powder¬†and salt together in a large bowl. Add the sugar, butter, beaten eggs and combine until smooth.


  • Add the glac√® cherries and dates, combine and then pour into the loaf tin.


  • Bake¬†for 1-1¬ľ hours until a skewer/cocktail stick comes out clean from the centre. If the top of the loaf is looking too dark, cover with some tin foil and continue until cooked through.
  • You are all done!


I really¬†love¬†this cake, it is full of sweet glac√® cherries and sticky dates. Plus it is pretty simple to make and doesn’t require much attention once it is in the oven.¬†This loaf received good feedback from those who tried it, the only problem with it is that it seems to be gone¬†way too quickly! ūüôā It was compared to traditional fruit cake or tea loaf, which I think is fairly accurate, however I do think the banana helps to keep this loaf very moist unlike some fruit cake. Like tea loaf I think it would definitely taste great spread with a bit of butter, if you are feeling indulgent!

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A Bake in the Life…


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