Bonfire Night Banana Bread Recipe from Wickham Hall

I really meant to share this recipe with you this yesterday, but it was publication day for CONDITIONAL LOVE and somehow the day ran away with me. But I reckon lots of people will still be celebrating with fireworks this weekend so all is not lost. Besides, it’s a nice cake for whenever really…

Huge thank you to Transworld Editor, Bella Bosworth for this delicious recipe. Over to you, Bella!

Wickham Hall Part 3 Sparks FlyBonfire Night always makes me think of mittens and baked potatoes, of stamping your feet to keep them warm and tightly-clasped mugs of soup. But it also makes me think of that ‘ahh’ feeling of coming back inside to a cup of tea and a bite of something delicious, while you watch the last of the fireworks from the window. And there’s nothing better than a slice of banana bread, still warm from the oven and shot through with dark chocolate. For extra decadence, spread generously with butter.

(For a gluten-free version, substitute the self-raising flour with a mix of gluten-free self-raising flour and ground almonds.)



You will need . . .

175g salted butter, softened

175g sugar (half light muscovado, half golden caster sugar)

2 free-range eggs

175g self-raising flour

100g walnuts, chopped

3–4 very ripe bananas (the browner, the better)

175g dark chocolate in chunks


Preheat the oven to 170oC (325F/gas mark 3). Line the base and sides of a loaf tin (20cm x 12cm) with baking paper.

Beat the butters and sugars until light and fluffy. Gradually add the eggs, one by one, to the butter and sugar mixture, and then mix in the self-raising flour and walnuts. Peel the bananas and mash them with a fork. Gently fold the bananas and the dark chocolate chunks into the mixture, taking care not to overmix.

Scoop the batter into the prepared load tin. Bake for between 1 hour and 1 hour and ten minutes, until golden on top and a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. This may take a little longer – if so, you can cover the top with foil to prevent it from burning.

Enjoy with a cup of tea!

Cathy Bramley
By Cathy Bramley

Cathy is the author of the best-selling romantic comedies Ivy Lane, Appleby farm, Conditional Love, Wickham Hall and The Plumberry School of Comfort Food. She lives in a Nottinghamshire village with her family and Pearl, the Cockerpoo. Her recent career as a full-time writer of light-hearted romantic fiction has come as somewhat of a lovely surprise after spending eighteen years running her own marketing agency. However, she has always been an avid reader, hiding her book under the duvet and reading by torchlight. Luckily her husband has now bought her a Kindle with a light, so that’s the end of all that palaver.

Comments (2)

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    Shereen Lang 10 October 2017 at 11:48 pm

    How can I get my hands on the recipes from Wickham hall first books I was doing a Audible books and driving fell in love with the book and recipes lemon Rosemary shortbread, banana cake and so on…

    • Cathy Bramley

      Cathy Bramley 11 October 2017 at 4:27 pm

      Hi Shereen, I’m glad you enjoyed Wickham Hall! The recipes are included as a bit of a bonus at the back of the ebooks and paperback version, but I’m afraid they don’t exist anywhere else. I’m so sorry.
      best wishes