New Recipe: Nigel Barden’s banana recipe

Nigel Barden shares his favourite recipes!

Author: Natalie ReesPublished 3 hours ago
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We’re so excited that Simon Mayo has launched his brand-new Drivetime show on Greatest Hits Radio!

Simon is back playing the music that defined his career every weekday 4pm-7pm and will be joined by familiar voices… including Nigel Barden on kitchen duties!

Every Thursday, Nigel offers a new recipe for you to try! Click here to see all the recipes so far.

Banana Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting

from Stirring Slowly: Recipes to Restore and Revive

by Georgina Hayden (Square Peg, Vintage)

Everyone’s favourite lockdown recipe!

“This cake started out as a gift for my dentist and it got everyone talking – presumably because of the sugar content for a dentist. However, I can report back that they loved it, and not a filling in sight. I’ve made it a few times since and it’s a total winner; my entire family love it and they’re a tough bunch to please. It’s a great ‘gift’ cake, as it keeps really well and stays moist for a few days.”

Serves 10-12


150ml olive oil (or other flavourless oil)

½ tbsp good-quality vanilla extract

2 large eggs

75g natural yoghurt

4 large or 5 medium very ripe bananas

a squeeze of lemon juice

100g soft dark brown sugar

60g caster sugar

3 tbsp milk

225g wholemeal or plain flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

a good pinch of fine sea salt

125g butter, at room temperature

125g smooth peanut butter (or almond butter works wonderfully too)

250g icing sugar

3 tbsp maple syrup

You will need: a 1 litre loaf tin.


Preheat your oven to 180°/gas 4. Line a 1 litre loaf tin with greaseproof paper and leave to one side.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the olive oil, vanilla, eggs and yoghurt. Mash the bananas in a separate bowl with a squeeze of lemon juice. Mash in the dark brown and caster sugars, then whisk into the oil mixture and add 2 tablespoons of the milk. Sift the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt into the bowl, and tip in any roughage from the flour that’s left in the sieve (if using wholemeal). Fold into the banana mixture with a large metal spoon and pour into the lined loaf tin.

Pop the tin into the middle of the oven and bake for around 50 minutes, until the cake is cooked through. Check with a skewer, but be prepared for a little residue, as the cake is naturally quite damp. However, if it still looks a little raw, pop it back into the oven for a further 10 minutes .

Leave the cake to cool in the tin for around 10 minutes, then remove from the tin and transfer to a rack to cool completely.

While the cake is cooling, make the buttercream. Beat the butter and peanut butter in a free-standing mixer (or with an electric hand whisk) for a few minutes until pale and creamy. Sift in the icing sugar, add the remaining tablespoon of milk and beat for a further 5 minutes, until incredibly pale and smooth. If it still feels a little thick beat in a splash more milk, then ripple in 2 tablespoons of maple syrup.

Once the cake is cool, spread it with the peanut butter frosting, drizzle on the remaining maple syrup and it’s ready to go.

Take a look at all of Nigel’s Kitchen’s Greatest Hits:

Banana Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting

Nigel shares his recipe for delicious Banana Cake with Peanut Butter frosting! This beautiful recipe is taken from Stirring Slowly: Recipes to Restore and Revive by Georgina Hayden.

Thai Green Curry

Nigel’s recipe for the greatest Thai Green Curry! This warming curry is by Jean-Pierre Gabriel from his book Thailand: The Cookbook (Phaidon).
Click more to read the recipe.

Steak and Ale Pie

Nigel shares his recipe for the greatest Steak and Ale Pie! This tasty pie is from Jon Finch’s book Beer Craft (Sphere Books).
Click more to read the recipe.

Read more:

Kitchen Greatest Hits: All the recipes the Simon Mayo Drivetime Show

Simon Mayo returns to Drivetime with Greatest Hits Radio

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Get to know Matt Williams from the Simon Mayo Drivetime Show

Get to know Nigel Barden from the Simon Mayo Drivetime Show

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