Banana bread tops the list of most searched for recipes in lockdown

Banana bread is the most searched for recipe on the BBC Good Food’s website with brownies, scones and pancakes also featuring in the top 10 lockdown bakes

  • Banana bread has become the most popular recipe searched for on the BBC 
  • Thirteen of the top 20 most popular recipes were cakes, biscuits or desserts
  • Website saw a new increase in traffic at 10pm with users searching for recipes for flapjacks, banana bread and muffins 
  • Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

Banana bread has become the most popular recipe searched for on the BBC as home bakers whip up loaves amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

The ‘Brilliant banana loaf’ tops a list of the website’s most-searched recipes between March 23, when Boris Johnson put the country into lockdown, and April 30.

A further 13 of the top 20 most popular recipes were cakes, biscuits or desserts – including brownies, cakes, cookies and cheesecakes.

The six remaining recipes in the top 20 included comfort foods such as Yorkshire puddings, chilli con carne, spaghetti carbonara, cheese scones and easy bread.

All the top 10 viewed videos on the website were baking or bread-related.

Banana bread has become the most popular recipe searched for on the BBC as home bakers whip up loafs amid the coronavirus pandemic (left) with brownies in second place (right)

Yorkshire puddings, which came in third place, were the only savoury food in the top eight

1. Brilliant banana loaf recipe

2. Best-ever chocolate brownies

3. Best Yorkshire puddings

4. Classic scones with jam & clotted cream

5. Easy pancakes recipe

6. Classic Victoria sandwich recipe

7. Yummy golden syrup flapjacks recipe

8. Lemon drizzle cake

9. Chilli con carne

10. Vintage chocolate chip cookies

 11. Easy white bread

12. The best spaghetti Bolognese

13. Easy chocolate cake

14. Cupcake recipe 

15. Cheesecake recipes

16. Strawberry cheesecake in 4 easy steps recipe

17. Ultimate spaghetti carbonara

18. Classic cheese scones

19.The best apple crumble

20. Hot cross buns

How to make BBC’s Brilliant Banana loaf  




A cross between banana bread and a drizzle cake, this easy banana loaf recipe is a quick bake that can be frozen and is great for using up overripe bananas


  •  140g butter, softened, plus extra for the tin
  • 140g caster sugar
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 140g self-raising flour 
  •  1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 very ripe bananas, mashed
  • 50g icing sugar
  • handful dried banana
  • chips, for decoration


1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4.

2. Butter a 2lb loaf tin and line the base and sides with baking parchment.

3. Cream 140g softened butter and 140g caster sugar until light and fluffy, then slowly add 2 beaten large eggs with a little of the 140g flour.

4. Fold in the remaining flour, 1 tsp baking powder and 2 mashed bananas. 

 5. Pour into the tin and bake for about 30 mins until a skewer comes out clean. 

6. Cool in the tin for 10 mins, then remove to a wire rack.

7. Mix 50g icing sugar with 2-3 tsp water to make a runny icing.

8. Drizzle the icing across the top of the cake and decorate with a handful of banana chips. 

Classic scones (left) and easy pancakes (right) were also in the top five most searched recipes, coming fourth and fifth respectively 

A classic treat! Victoria Sponge was the sixth most requested recipes as Brits looked to whip up the traditional treat while stuck inside

And there were more than three million page views on bread-related content on BBC Good Food in the first two weeks of lockdown.

The biggest trend for bread making was sourdough, with 115,000 related page views on the website – up 900 per cent on last year, according to BBC Good Food.

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The website saw a new increase at 10pm in users searching for flapjacks, banana bread and muffins, suggesting a jump in night time bakers.

As a whole, cake recipes were looked at 215 per cent more and the easy baking content is up 687 per cent. 

Lily Barclay, editor of, said: ‘Baking is such a calming activity which can help you focus and take away the stresses of the day, so it’s no wonder we’re seeing activity on the website post 10pm as people use baking as a coping mechanism.

‘The motion of stirring, beating, and kneading can be meditative and the results are very rewarding, which is why we are seeing a surge in people wanting to learn new baking skills.

‘At, we are working hard to support our audiences, offering tips, tricks, and recipe adaptations as we aim to bring people together and provide comfort, reassurance and guidance in any way we can.’ 

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