Banana Bread with Walnuts and Raisins

Banana Bread with Walnuts and Raisins

When I was working on the newspaper desk in Singapore, we would start work at the unearthly hour of 4.30 am and the one thing that kept us going was that we would take turns to bring in warm bread for an early breakfast. One of my colleagues used to make this really divine banana bread. My banana bread recipe is based on hers though I have tweaked it to add nuts and raisins and also sour cream to make it more moist. This has been a hit with my family for more than 20 years. In fact, my sister-in-law said this should be my retirement plan: to make and sell banana bread.

I make this in the bread maker and so it is super easy. I set it for baking overnight and it is ready for breakfast the next morning.


Vegetable oil 1/3 cup
Sour cream 1/4 cup
Eggs 2, beaten
All-purpose flour 1 1/2 cups
Brown sugar 2/3 cup
Baking powder 1 tsp
Baking soda 1/2 tsp
Salt 1/2 tsp
Vanilla essence 1 tsp
Bananas 2, mashed
Walnuts 1/2 cup
Raisins 1/4 cup


Add everything to the bread-maker pan in the order given above. Set it to Sweet or Cake setting depending on your machine.

When done take it out and let it cool. Slice and serve.

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