Giovanna Ryan’s Cherry Banana Bread

Chef Giovanna Ryan shares some recipes with a twist on popular lockdown dishes incorporating fresh and juicy cherries. Not only are these recipes absolutely delicious but cherries provide many health benefits to keep you fit and well and keep meals fresh and exciting.


(For 1 loaf)
Preheat the oven to 170C. Lightly grease a loaf tin with butter and line with baking paper.
Beat the butter and sugar together with an electric whisk until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, scraping down the sides of the bowl with each.
Add the flour, salt and bicarbonate of soda and mix until just combined then add mashed bananas. Fold in the walnuts and cherries and spoon into the prepared tin.
Slice the spare banana down the middle and lay each half, cut side up on top of the mixture.
Bake for 60 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean. Allow to cool completely before slicing.

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180g plain or gluten free flour
1 ¼ teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
Pinch salt
160g soft brown sugar
60g butter at room temperature
2 large eggs
4 large, ripe bananas, mashed plus one extra for the top.
150g fresh cherries, pitted and roughly chopped
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