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Chocolate and Banana Bread

This Chocolate and Banana Bread is quick and easy with no fancy ingredients or special techniques. The bananas keep this cake moist and the dark chocolate chips give it a magical gooey quality. It is a winner in packed lunches, is popular as an after school snack and gets a big thumbs up as a cheeky breakfast too. Fin yourself some overripe bananas and get baking!

The bananas keep it moist and the dark chocolate chips (milk chocolate would be too sweet) give it a magical gooey quality.

Tweaked from the Banana Bread recipe at Simply Recipes

Ingredients

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  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 75g (1/3 cup) melted butter
  • 110g (½ cup) caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 190g (1½ cups) plain flour
  • 175g (1 cup) dark chocolate chips
  • a little demerera sugar for sprinkling

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C /160°C Fan/350°F(gas mark 4).
  2. Line a 10cm x 20cm (4" x 8") loaf tin with baking parchment.
  3. Mash the bananas with a fork in a large bowl and stir in the melted butter. Now add the sugar, bicarbonate of soda and the salt and mix well.
  4. Next beat in the egg and the vanilla extract, followed by the flour and the chocolate chips.
  5. Pour the mixture into the prepared loaf tin and sprinkle a little demerara sugar over the top of the mixture.
  6. Bake in the oven for 50 minutes to 1 hour, but check after 40 minutes using a cake tester.
  7. Let the cake cool completely in the tin before cutting.

Keywords: cosy, sharing, loaf tin