Today's bake is: Banana Loaf with Dark Chocolate Chips
This recipe is perfect if you have just a little over ripe bananas sitting around in your fruit bowl. In fact an under ripe banana wouldn't suit this recipe. You get an extra bananary flavour from slightly speckley, over ripe ones.
You can make it without the chocolate chips; in fact, most folk do. But I like it! And don't be mean get the good dark chocolate. Actually, just thought, walnuts might be a nice addition too, (there is always next time).
The Main Protagonists:
170g caster sugar
226g self raising flour
pinch of salt
2 large eggs (I use free range)
40g dark chocolate
1lb loaf tin
1. Grease and flour a 1lb loaf tin, so the loaf won't prove difficult when it comes to removing it
2. Peel your bananas, you can see mine are just a little over ripe, but inside they are good, no bad bits. We don't want bad bits.
3. Pop them in a bowl and mash them up good, with a fork.
4. Now for the chocolate.
6. I didn't mix this cake by hand the 'Dude' helped me. Pop the sugar and butter into the mixing bowl.
7. Like so.
8. Then mix, ACTION SHOT.
7. Mix until well combined and soft, you may need to bring the mixture down from the sides of the bowl.
8. Then add the eggs, 1 at a time. Beat each one into the mixture until combined, before adding the next.
9. The mixture will look like this, quite soft and pale.
10. Next add the flour and a pinch of salt. By the way, that is not my gnarly hand in shot. Muse helped me out today.
12. And the chocolate, and mix all the ingredients together
12. No licking the spoon (yet). Pour the mixture into your prepared loaf tin
14. Pop in a preheated oven at 180C (I use a fan oven). My Mother always said that as soon as you could smell a cake baking then it is cooked. For the most part I have found this to be true. But if you don't trust mine, my Mother's or your own sense of smell, it takes around 40 - 45 mins to cook in the middle of the oven.
15. Now the lick the spoon. No photographic evidence of this.
16. Turn out of tin and leave to cool.
17. Enjoy with a cuppa.