Three Blue Ducks' banana bread recipe

Banana bread with chai spiced creme fraiche.
Banana bread with chai spiced creme fraiche. Photo: Supplied

This is a banana bread recipe we have used at Three Blue Ducks since the first year we opened in Bronte. A good friend of ours used to own a business called Baker Friday and he made the most amazing banana bread we've ever tasted. After months of hassling him for the recipe, he finally gave it up and we are sharing it with you. It's dense and moist and looks great with the split banana on the top. The cashews give it a lovely toasted crunch.


200g plain flour

10g corn flour

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp baking powder

½ tsp bicarbonate of soda

1 pinch salt

2 eggs

170g sugar

100g dried figs, roughly chopped 

150ml water

300g banana plus 1 for garnish

45ml grapeseed oil

40g unsalted butter, melted

100g black and white sesame seeds

100g cashews


Preheat oven to 160C, fan-forced.

Mix flour, corn flour, cinnamon, baking powder, bicarb soda and salt in a large mixing bowl and set aside.

Beat eggs and sugar until pale and creamy.

In a small saucepan, add the chopped figs and water and bring to the boil. Use a blender to puree the hot figs and liquid with 150g bananas. Add the remaining bananas and pulse briefly to leave them chunkier.

Put into a medium-sized bowl, add the oil, egg mix and melted butter and mix.

Add the wet to the dry and stir until just combined without overmixing.

Grease a large loaf tin or two small tins with grapeseed oil then sprinkle the inside of the tin with sesame seeds, lining it completely.

Pour the bread mixture into the tin, trying not to knock too many seeds off the sides.

Cut the whole banana in half, put on top of the loaf and sprinkle with cashews.

Bake the bread for 45 minutes until it's golden-brown or a skewer comes out clean.

Serve with chai spiced creme fraiche.