Two Hands NYC Banana Walnut Bread With Espresso Mascarpone

By Katherine Fluor
banana walnut bread

This banana bread with crushed walnuts is a local favorite at Two Hands in NYC. Pair it with a delicious yet strong cup of java for the ultimate morning pick me up.

Be sure to read the full Tastemakers feature story with Two Hands’ owners Henry and Giles here!

banana walnut bread

banana walnut bread

Banana Walnut Bread with Espresso Mascarpone

Serves 3 Loaves

Two Hands NYC Banana Walnut Bread With Espresso Mascarpone

By Camille Styles

Two Hands NYC Banana Walnut Bread


For the bread:

  • 9 eggs
  • 5 tbs yoghurt
  • 5 C milk
  • 450g butter, melted
  • 600g sugar
  • 15kg GF flour
  • 6tsp baking soda
  • 11 bananas
  • pinch of maldon
  • 5 C walnuts, crushed (plus more for top) Desiccated coconut, for top

For the espresso mascarpone:

  • 1 tub mascarpone, cold 12 shots espresso
  • 1 C confectioners sugar


  • Puffed buckwheat
  • Honey


  1. Whisk eggs, yoghurt and milk together in a bowl. Add sugar and melted butter.
  2. Continue to whisk until sugar has dissolved. Mix in flour, baking soda, salt and bananas.
  3. Whisk until flour is totally combined. Fold through walnuts.
  4. Grease bread tins. Divide batter evenly and top with crushed walnuts and desiccated coconut.
  5. Bake for approximately 1h 20mins or until cake tester comes out clean.
  6. With a mixer, slowly whip the mascarpone.
  7. Once the mascarpone has softened, add the espresso and the confectioners sugar. Tip: It is important that you don’t over-whip the mascarpone. It will split. If you under whip the mascarpone, it will be too loose to sit on the banana bread. The mascarpone must remain cold at all times.

To Serve:

  1. Slice banana bread and lie on a plate. Top with espresso mascarpone, puffed buckwheat and honey. 

Comments (6)

  1. jill says:


    Looking at the banana bread recipe are you positive the flour count should be 15kg….. looks a bit much to me.

    Jill, Canada

  2. Franziska W. says:

    1.5kg flour might be it

  3. Elle says:

    I am so excited to try this! We had it at Two Hands a year ago and my husband, just yesterday, was saying he missed it.

  4. Kaylee Lee says:

    One tub of mascarpone? So 8oz tub? 16oz? Wish this was more precise.

  5. Shirley MacKinnon says:

    These recipes that I’m reading through ook and sound delicious!! I’ll have to do it early before the rm gets too HOT !!!! I CANNOT WAIT TO TRY , WILL KEEP YA POSTED WITH A TASTE REVIEW AND OF COURSE HOW THE DESSERT TURNED OUT. THANKS , SHIRLEY

  6. Ali says:

    Has anyone made this? Is it 1.5 kg for the flour? And what size tub for the marscapone?

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