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Sunday, 1 February 2009

Banana and Chocolate Loaf ~ Sweet & Simple Bakes.

Time has come again to show case our monthly bake over at Sweet and Simple Bakes. This month Maria presented us with a delicious recipe for Banana and Chocolate Loaf. This is the simplest of bakes to make with an amazing texture and flavour. It’s also a fabulous tried & tested recipe just what Sweet & Simple Bakes is all about! I always seem to have a few ripe bananas lurking in my fruit bowl and I really loathe throwing away food! A slice of this loaf cake served with a steaming cuppa is perfection in my book anytime of the day.

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Banana and Chocolate Loaf

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 *I used a 900g (2 lb) loaf tin*


Preheat the oven to 170°C /325°F/ 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, and 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.


Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

That kind of bread is always delicious! Yours looks nice and moist...



Sylvie said...

Rosie, that looks so good. I'd love a slice with my coffee this afternoon.

Half Baked said...

Yumm Bananas and chocolate you can't go wrong with that combo. Looks tasty!

Maria said...

Delicious looking Banana and Chocolate Bread, well done!


Beth said...

Looks delish Rosie - I ran out of time this month but will hopefully be back next month. I might just have to make this one anyway

glamah16 said...

This was always my favorite type of banana bread.

JillyB said...

Your loaf looks really yummy and well loaded with chocolate chips! Just putting the coffee on!

anooshka said...

I love banana bread and I love chocolate even more! Thanks again for S&SB events!

Faery said...

In Venezuela we love banana and chocolate, this loaf look so moist and yummy.
By the way, I made the chili jam And it is so delicious, my family,relatives and friends are crazy about it, they LOVE it too

sowmya said...

looks perfect..could n't do it this month..but am sure in for the next month's bake..

Jerri - Simply Sweet Home said...

I love banana bread, and I love chocolate chip bread, but I've never had a combination of the two. It looks really good!

Starningblue said...


Thanks for this bake! It is simple yet very deliciously comforting :D


Maria said...

The loaf looks lovely!! Nice job here!

Ingrid said...

Looks & sounds good but you know I need frosting or icing!

Rosie said...

Thank you my 'dear' friends :)

It was a lovely bake this month and so very easy to make.

Beth, not to worry sweetie and we hope to see you baking with us next month :)

Ingrid, yep I do like lots of frosting or icing too *giggle*

Best wishes Rosie x

Donna said...

Looks Wonderful! I'm SO ready for some pound cake and coffee right now!!Hahaa...Happy sleep sweetie!hughugs

Uma said...

mmm. banana bread looks so mouth-watering Rosie! Nice recipe! How are you doing?

Rosie said...

Hi Donna let me cut you a slice or two and pass it over :) Have a lovely day/night hugshugs sweetie!

Hi Uma, ahh thanks sweetie! I'm ok ish my back gives jip at times but hey ho that's life and i have to keep smiling :)

Best wishes to you both - Rosie x