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Banana and Chocolate Bread  

Banana and Chocolate Bread

Serves 10-12

250g (9oz) self-raising flour
Pinch of salt
1 tsp baking powder
150g (5oz) caster sugar
100g (3 ½ oz) butter, softened
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
Finely grated zest of 1 orange
475g (17oz) whole bananas (about 4 small ones), peeled
75g (3oz) dark chocolate chips

13 x 23cm (5x9in) loaf tin

Preheat the oven to 170oC (325oF), Gas mark 3. Lightly butter and line the loaf tin with parchment paper. Sift the flour, salt and baking powder into a large bowl. Add the sugar and butter and, using your fingertips, rub it in until the mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs. Whisk the eggs, vanilla extract and orange zest in another bowl. Add the bananas and mash very well with a potato masher. Add the chocolate chips. Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and pour in the banana mixture. Gently but thoroughly bring all the ingredients together with a wooden spoon, then pour into the prepared loaf tin. Smooth the top and bake in the oven for 1-1 ¼ hours or until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean. Allow to cool for 5 minutes before removing the cake from the tin and leave to cool on a wire rack.

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6 comments: to “ Banana and Chocolate Bread

  • Cookie
    7 January 2009 at 09:51  

    Gosh, I can almost smell the banana from here! I will surely bake this after my Jan blues!

    Hope Maria will get well soon!


  • agnes
    9 January 2009 at 03:50  

    that's cool.. been looking for a good recipe for banana bread!!! will try that soon.

    btw, I've tried the banana choc chip muffins earlier and it was SO GREAT!!!

    thanks for sharing the recipe

  • anooshka
    17 January 2009 at 17:43  

    I've just put some bananas away especially for this recipe. I just love bananas and chocolate!

  • Rosie
    19 January 2009 at 15:13  

    This is gorgeous Banana/Choc Bread and I couldn’t wait to bake this!! It’s a great bake just as our main blog states we are about: - sweet and simple bakes – keeping it simple and sweet!! The cake tin was empty in NO TIME after baking this as hubby was taking slices to work in his lunch box :0) Thanks for yet again a lovely recipe Maria!

    Hugs Rosie xx

  • Arundathi
    21 January 2009 at 15:46  

    wow - just made it and it was amazing! everyone loved it! and best of all - my 3 yr old daughter made it with me and loved making it!! thanks for a fantastic recipe, maria!

  • Ranjani
    19 February 2009 at 23:35  

    I just made this!! It was awesome:) Thanks for sharing such a fool proof recipe. I'll be posting this soon.