A Perfect Partnership – Chocolate Banana Loaf

20 Feb

Bacon and Eggs. Sausage and Mash. Fish and Chips. Some things are just made for one another. Each on its own is delicious and yet, together with its partner, it is so much more. Strawberries – good. Cream – good. Strawberries and cream – sublime. So it is, I believe, with banana and chocolate. Bananas are wonderful on their own, a clever fruit which comes in its own protective carry-case, yummy just as a fruit and wonderful as an ingredient. Chocolate is, well, chocolate, and as you’ll know by now, I am a bit of a fan. Chocolate can do no wrong.  A square of dark chocolate is a mood enhancer – something I knew years before the sciencey blokes told us this. But put chocolate and banana together and wow, you have a confection way greater than the sum of its parts.

Banana cake has always featured heavily in my repetoire. It is a quick, easy, cheap and satuisfying way to use up bananas that are just going manky. But since the last time I posted aout Banana cake, a suggestion from a fellow blogger, about the addition of choc chips, has been floating aorund in the cake section of my brain. What about if we didn’t just add choc chips, but made the cake completely gooey and chocolatey? Worth a try. And, I’m happy to report, a winner. A stunningly moist and deeply flavoursome loaf is the result. Try it and see for yourself!

chocolate banana loaf

IINGREDIENTS

2 – 3 large, very ripe bananas, mashed with a fork
100 g dark chocolate, melted
150 g butter
175 g caster sugar
3 eggs
175 g self raising flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
30 g

You’ll need a loaf tin, greased and lined. I like using the loaf tin liners which can be bought online or at stores such as John Lewis. They make life so much easier!

Oven – 180C

METHOD

  1. Whizz together the butter and sugar until creamy and pale, then with the beaters running, add the eggs, one at a time. It will look a bit curdled at this stage – don’t worry.
  2.  Sift together the flour, baking powder and cocoa, then add spoonfuls as the beaters are going. keep adding until it’s all in and the mixture has become smooth and glossy.
  3. Now pour in the melted chocolate and mashed banana and continue mixing until well combined.
  4. Pour the mixture into the prepared loaf tin and pop into the oven for about 40 – 45 minutes. Test with a toothpick – if it comes out clean the cake is done.
  5. Leave to cool on a wire rack for ten minutes before turning out. Can be enjoyed warm, as is, no need to ice or decorate unless you absolutely have to!

chocolate banana loaf

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2 Responses to “A Perfect Partnership – Chocolate Banana Loaf”

  1. jennypottery February 20, 2012 at 12:29 pm #

    oh my goodness, that was goooood!!! Rich and dark and chocolatey with banana hints and just plain yummy.

    Great partnership!

    • Edyth Miles February 20, 2012 at 3:38 pm #

      So glad you enjoyed it. It’s definitely a keeper.

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