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Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Prepare for Seconds With This Melt in Your Mouth Chocolate Banana Bread!

Serves 12 | Easy 
Click here for this recipe in Arabic
The banana makes this loaf very moist, with patches of melted chocolate and  a crunch from the toasted walnuts.
This is a pure treat on its own!
But for those who like a touch of cream, pair it with cream cheese frosting!!

When you make this loaf the whole house will smell of irresistible yummy baking aromas. No better way to welcome your family home after a long day of work, schools, activities... This is a very good tactic to get their taste buds going, especially with the young ones. Banana bread can be served with breakfast, afternoon tea, in gatherings, for snacks and is especially good for Sohoor during Ramadan.

Loaf or Muffins
This recipe can be served as a loaf, or as muffins. It is best stored in an airtight container at room temperature for 3 days, or in the fridge for 1 week. Banana bread is an all time favourite. It is perfect and wholesome on its own, but goes well with a dash of cream on the side, or frosted with cream cheese if you like. If you do frost the loaf or muffins with cream cheese, make sure to store covered in the fridge.

Banana bread is seriously good. However way you decide to make this loaf, it always turns out super moist and scrumptious. The addition of chocolate pieces is optional, however adding those creates patches of melted chocolate that burst with flavour in your mouth and add to the moistness. Banana & chocolate pair very well together. Most would go for milk chocolate which tastes delightful. I find though, that dark chocolate pairs better as it balances the sweetness from the bananas. You can try with both and go for the option that you prefer. I have also added a tbsp of cocoa powder to make it more chocolatey. This is purely personal preference and can be skipped. Just note that skipping the cocoa powder results in a loaf that is paler in overall colour. Pecans, walnuts, Macadamia nuts all work very well with this recipe. I have gone for the classic toasted walnuts, but again it is your choice. With that said, I do recommend you toast your nuts beforehand, as that warms the nut oils therefore brings out their flavour and adds to the crunch.

This is super easy to make, but highly addictive, so be prepared for seconds!

mix dry ingredients together and 
set aside
You Need

1/2 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 1/4 cups flour
1 tbsp sifted cocoa powder (optional)
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 tsp DS Cake spice mix, or your 1 tsp cinnamon
4 ripe bananas, mashed
1/2 cup coarsely chopped toasted Walnuts, Pecans or Macadamia Nuts
1/2 cup dark chocolate pieces



Preheat oven to 350F. Line the bottom of your loaf tin with baking paper (do not spar oil over the sides of the tin). Set aside.

Cream Butter and sugar together 
till light and fluffy
In a medium bowl, mix dry ingredients together to incorporate. (dry ingredients: flour, baking soda, cocoa powder (if using), spices and salt). Set aside.

With an electric mixer on medium speed, cream the butter and sugar together till light and fluffy. while the mixer is still running on the same speed, add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Add Vanilla and banana. Continue beating to mix. Add the dry ingredients mixture and beat on low speed, till all is incorporated.



Fold in the dry ingredients
Fold in the nuts and chocolate pieces. Pour the sticky batter into prepared loaf tin or paper lined muffin tin and bake in preheated oven for 1 hour for loaf and 25 minutes for muffins (the centre should be set and browned when done).

Once done baking, cool in tin for 10 minutes. Release the sides and turn out, then cool completely on wire racks before slicing. Slicing loaf while still hot makes it crumble. Allow to cool completely. When ready to serve, ideally it should be served at room temperature. You can also heat it up a bit if you like your muffin warm. Serve alongside tea or coffee, and enjoy :)

Ramadan Kareem!

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Serve at room temperature or slightly heated

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