Whenever I give away my cakes, I get things like “Oh this is so you.”
“It’s always in a loaf, with chocolate.”
I tried to put on a weak smile. Thanks.
It just occurred to me that the things I have been baking has been quite repetitive. When I go through the things I’ve baked, I see loaves of banana bread, marble cakes and any home baked looking cakes. I thought I needed to get out of the cycle and start challenging myself.
Hah! Back to good ol’ banana bread, with chocolate.
Its hard to pass up comfort baking sometimes.
Here’s an amazing chocolate banana bread recipe I got from Citrus and Candy.
I felt that the chocolate may have overpowered the banana a little but you can treat it as a Chocolate Cake with Banana, more than a banana cake with chocolate.
Still, a keeper, definitely. Even better if kept overnight and toasted, with some butter loving.
It is different from Bourke St Bakery’s banana cake , this one is more bread like and more suitable for toasting, oh yums!
Chocolate Banana Bread,
adapted from Citrus and Candy
195g plain flour, sifted
1 tsp bicarb soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg (I omitted)
120ml canola or vegetable oil
190g light brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 Bananas, mashed
100g dark chocolate, melted
1. Preheat oven to 170°C and grease a large loaf tin.
2. Sift the flour, bicarb, baking powder, salt, cinnamon (and nutmeg) into a bowl and set aside.
3. With an electric mixer, whisk together the oil, sugar, eggs and vanilla extract for a couple of minutes until well blended.
4. With a wooden spoon, stir through the banana mash then add the sifted flour mixture and gently stir until just combined (do not over mix). Divide the batter into two portions then add the melted chocolate into one portion and stir to combine.
5. Add random dollops of each batter into the tin then grab a skewer and start swirling. (I got a little excited and swirled too much, so marbling effect wasn’t obvious).Bake for 55-60 minutes or until the bread has risen and a skewer comes out clean.
6. Cool on wire rack then remove bread from tin.