Banana bread tops list on most searched for recipes during coronavirus lockdown

Caroline Allen
Contributor
Banana bread has taken the crown. (Getty Images)

Banana bread has become the most searched for recipe during the coronavirus lockdown, as more hopeful bakers look to practice their cooking skills. 

Since Boris Johnson announced the country would be going into lockdown on 23 March, BBC Good Food noted banana bread was the most searched for recipe. 

Perhaps unsurprisingly, 13 out of the top 20 recipes fell into the cakes, biscuits or desserts category. 

In other words, sweet treats are our go to lockdown comfort food.

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Of the seven recipes that didn’t include the likes of brownies, cakes and cheesecakes, people were searching for everyday comfort food. 

The recipes included easy to make bread, Yorkshire puddings, Chilli Con Carne and cheese scones. 

The top ten, though, were all baking or bread related. 

Top 20 recipes: 

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

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With bread making proving to be a popular pastime among British people in lockdown, the site had more than three million views on bread-related recipes in the first two weeks of lockdown.

As many people have tried their hand at making sourdough bread - in lieu of being able to go to a local cafe and enjoy avocado on sourdough - it’s not all that surprising that sourdough recipes were up 900% on last year.

But, what’s causing so many people to pick up a whisk and give baking a go? According to BBC Good Food’s Lily Barclay, it’s all about the calm factor. 

“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.”

If there’s one positive thing we can hope to take out of the coronavirus pandemic, it’s a solid banana loaf recipe.