Banana Chocolate and Walnut Bread

Banana Chocolate and Walnut Bread

I’m going to start off on a bit of a negative note… I’ve always hated banana bread! *gasp* I know it’s a shocking statement and if your reading this post then you’re clearly a fan of the bake and are quite possibly horrified by it. But there I’ve said it! So, you’re probably wondering why I’ve made a banana bread, well my family have been nagging me to make them one for ages! So, after playing about with recipes for a bit I finally made one that I actually really really really like! I think it’s the combination of chocolate and walnuts that are added which really make it. I’ve also tried this with pecans which again works nicely.

Ingredients:
• 2 ripe bananas
• 120g melted and cooled butter
• 2 eggs
• 200g caster sugar
• 250g plain flour
• 1tsp vanilla extract
• 1tsp cinnamon
• 1tsp bicarbonate of soda
• 120ml semi-skimmed milk
• 150g dark chocolate chips
• 80g walnuts, chopped
• 60g melted milk chocolate (to finish)

Method:
1. Preheat the oven to 190°C and line a 2pound loaf tin with greaseproof paper.
2. Firstly, take the ripened bananas and mash them with a fork till it’s all mushy.
3. The lightly whisk the eggs together with a fork and then pour in the cooled melted butter and combine with the vanilla extract.
4. Add the egg mixture to the bananas and mix.
5. Then add the caster sugar to the mixture and stir together.
6. Next mix the plain flour, bicarbonate of soda and cinnamon together and add to the banana mixture, mix and then add the milk and combine it all together.
7. Then add the chocolate chips and walnuts to the mix and stir so there evenly distributed.
8. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf tin and bake for 50 minutes to an hour.
9. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 15 minutes before removing from the tin and transferring to a wire rack to continue to cool.
10. Once completely cooled drizzle the melted milk chocolate over the cake.

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