I was looking for a nice warming winter dessert when I found this recipe.  It’s probably best served cold, but it might work warm or at least not straight out of the fridge.



Thel was one of Mum’s golfing friends and a very good cook, there’s a few of her recipes scattered throughout Mum’s collection.  This banana pudding would have appealed to Mum as she and Dad both liked bananas, there were always some in the fruit bowl.  This pudding would have been a good way to use up those that had ripened just a little too much.

Spiced Banana Pudding


  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 3 bananas
  • extra butter
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange rind

Sift flour, baking powder and salt, add half the sugar.  Fold in beaten egg mixed with milk and melted butter.  Pour into greased slab tin, top with banana slices, brush with extra melted butter.  Mix balance of sugar with orange rind and cinnamon, sprinkle over bananas.  Bake in mod oven 30-35 mins.  Serve hot or cold with cream or ice cream.



As you can see this recipe comes from a publication called WOMAN and is dated November 12, 1951.  Must admit I’ve never heard of the magazine, but fruit crumbles have been around for a long, long time so it’s not surprising this recipe dates back that far.  The difference with this recipe is that it uses bananas mixed in with the apples and I think that would taste great, especially with a little ice cream or cream on top.

Mixed Fruit Crumble Top