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Chocolate banana bread

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Love a bit of banana bread? Give your usual recipe a naughty little addition by making it with chocolate. Rachel Allen’s delicious recipe also has walnuts and orange zest for extra flavour

  • Serves: 10

  • Prep time: 20 mins

  • Cooking time: 1 hr

  • Total time: 1 hr 20 mins

  • Skill level: Easy peasy

  • Costs: Cheap as chips

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Serve a slice of this banana bread for breakfast with a spread of butter – trust us it’s delicious!

Ingredients

  • 75g milk chocolate
  • 250g self-raising flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 level tsp baking powder
  • 150g caster sugar
  • 100g butter, softened, plus extra to serve
  • 50g walnuts or pecans, chopped (optional)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Finely grated zest of 1 orange (optional)
  • 475g whole bananas (about 4 small ones), pealed
  • 50g glace cherries, halved

You will also need:

  • 13 x 23 cm (5x9in) loaf tin

Method

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 170°C/325°F/Gas Mark 3. Lightly oil and line the loaf tin with parchment paper.
  2. Sift the flour, salt and baking powder into a large bowl. Add the caster sugar butter and chopped nuts (if using) and, using your fingertips, rub it in until the mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs.
  3. Whisk the eggs, vanilla extract and orange zest in another bowl. Add the bananas and mash very well with a potato masher. Then melt the milk chocolate and fold it into the banana mixture.
  4. 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.
  5. Allow to cool for 5 minutes before removing the cake from the tin.

By Rachel Allen for Cadbury Dairy Milk Fairtrade

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Nutritional information

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.

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