Steve Manfredi’s toasted banana and almond bread

May 5, 2010 at 11:36 am Leave a comment

I’ve just flown back in the door after a whirlwind tour to Brissie and back today – have been up since the threes (yes, you read that right) and my ambitions of actually baking Steve Manfredi’s toasted banana and almond bread tonight have unfortunately, been quashed… That doesn’t mean I can’t share the recipe with you though.  I will make it, since I do have several 30 g servings of Aldi almonds to get through, and as we’re nudging our way towards winter, feel like some warm, sweet bread.  I’ll make mine with gluten free flour and will post the outcomes in due course.  In the mean time, words and picture in this recipe all courtesy of

Toasted banana and almond bread

Recipe by: Steve Manfredi  |  Photo: Jon Reid
Original source: The Sydney Morning Herald, via 
Original date: Saturday November 27, 2004

Steve Manfredi's banana bread - photo by Jon Reid

Steve Manfredi's banana bread - photo by Jon Reid


375ml of sour cream
1 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda
125g of melted unsalted butter
250g of sugar
2 large eggs
220g of plain flour
1 teaspoon of baking powder
2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon
2 well-mashed bananas
60g of sultanas
30g of chopped almonds
55g of brown sugar


Mix together 375ml of sour cream and 1 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda. Let it rest for 5 minutes then stir in 125g of melted unsalted butter, 250g of sugar and 2 large eggs.

In another bowl, combine 220g of plain flour, 1 teaspoon of baking powder and 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon. Whisk the sour cream mixture into the flour mixture until well combined. Finally, fold in 2 well-mashed bananas and 60g of sultanas.

Butter and flour a loaf tin (25cm x 10cm) and pour the mixture in. Mix 30g of chopped almonds and 55g of brown sugar – sprinkle evenly over the top of the batter. Bake in a preheated 180C oven for 60-75 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean. Cool in the tin for 20 minutes and then turn out onto a cooling rack.

To serve

Slice and toast, then serve with baked ricotta and fresh fruit or butter.

If you’re making…

You could always deliver me a slice with a cup of tea.  Something tells me I might need the combo at 3 pm tomorrow!


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