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Flour’s Famous Banana Cake – Recipe Review


Flour bakery banana bread

School is back for 2016!
Routines are slowly taking shape and the craziness of summer holidays is beginning to settle.
Each day now, I walk my son to school and as he heads off to class with his teacher, I, along with many other parents head straight to the little coffee shop tucked in amongst a few local shops across the road. The coffee is fantastic and I always order it to go, however most of the time I end up sitting at a table catching up with a friend.
It’s a routine I enjoy.
Today, after dropping off my son, I met my friends, we bought our coffees to go and this time we did take them away with us. We decided to walk them back to my place and enjoy the banana bread I made the previous night.

When my children smell banana bread baking they feel comforted.
They love the smell that fills the house.
However… they are also very clear that after trying many version of banana bread over the years their favourite recipe is for the Banana Espresso Choc Chip Muffins from the Baked cookbook (see photo below).
(I usually leave out the espresso but don’t tell them that, it makes them feel grown up!)


Yesterday however, I had to break it to them that I would be trying a new recipe from Joanne Chang’s Flour book.
The recipe is from her first cookbook, pictured below on the left.
I bought it a while back however after falling ill I couldn’t do much more than stare it for a long time.
There are SO many recipes I want to try however yesterday I had the bananas on hand.  Being unwell has taught me to grab opportunities that come up, no matter how small they may seem and to not over think things. This may sound simple, however my nature has always been to deliberate painfully over what to cook for so long that I end up making nothing. So with my new philosophy guiding me, I decided to make Flour’s Famous Banana Bread.


It felt good to be making something, even if it was “just another banana bread recipe” 🙂
The recipe can be found all over the internet, here is one link for this recipe from the food network.

Coming together over banana bread is not something new however there is a reason a lot of us do it. It is comforting and nourishing to the soul and it tastes so damn good!
The grown ups really enjoyed this recipe, however the kids can’t go past the choc chips in their favourite banana muffins. I get it, who doesn’t want chocolate thrown into an already awesome tasting treat?!

I didn’t add the walnuts to the recipe (there are too many nut allergies in our house) and I think it still tasted really good. I liked the moist topping that developed on the cake and the inside was surprisingly light. I would definitely make this again, it was easy to make and well worth the effort.



9 thoughts on “Flour’s Famous Banana Cake – Recipe Review

  1. I’m so glad you’re feeling better. And you are so right, nothing like a yummy banana bread. It looks amazing (as do the mini chocolate chip ones).

  2. Hi, I am new in baking and I just did bake banana chocochip loaf, if you want to take a look 🙂 I am more in cooking but seeing some baking recipes make me want to try baking 🙂
    The muffin looks so delicious 🙂

    Please visit and follow my blog ( or my Instagram (lazymom_cooking) for some recipe ideas 🙂

  3. Sanya, I’m happy to know you are feeling well enough to bake. I have a huge overripe bag of bananas that I bought for $1.50. I made a different banana bread this week (new recipe to me also), but I’m inspired to try the Flour one (and/or the Baked one) with some of the bananas I have left.

    Because I live outside Boston, one of my favorite treats when we go into the city is to stop at Flour for some pastries. My favorite are the Sticky Buns. I’ve never made them myself, but they are amazing. When you feel up for a baking challenge, make that recipe. I read that the banana bread is Joanne Chang’s favorite thing at the bakery. They save the ends of the loaves for her, and she snacks on them all day.

  4. I feel like I haven’t caught up with you in forever. I am sorry you haven’t been well, but glad to hear you are feeling better.
    I haven’t been to Flour yet (although, it is on my list for a future jaunt to Boston), but I do have the first Flour book and will need to look it up. Betsy has me drooling for sticky buns…

    I keep past prime bananas in the freezer for reasons just like this 🙂

  5. My favourite banana bread recipe is from Butter Baked Goods by Rosie Daykin. It’s incredibly rich, but so wonderful. I’ve made mini loaves for my parents, thinking they could have one once in a while, but they don’t last until my next visit. Joanna Chang’s recipe is wonderful, too. I haven’t tried the one from Baked, but I’ve looked at it and it sounds delicious.

  6. I’ve tried to make this so many times! Do you have an email I can reach you for help? The one you made looks exactly like in store

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