Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Chocolate & banana bread

Oh good Lord, I can't believe I haven't posted this one. My daughter's school lunch box staple and still her go-to snack food when she's with me. Which isn't much at the moment because she is volunteering in South Africa. So I must be feeling nostalgic over here in NZ, because all I can think about is making it and wishing I could send her some. So Jade, this one is for you. 

And no, it's not way up there on the health food scale; it's got butter and brown sugar and lots of chocolate but just be a grown-up about it, and have one slice only and share the rest and make do with a second cup of tea. This also freezes like a genius so slice up what's left, wrap each piece in cling film and freeze. When it's time to make school lunch, it's ready to throw in. 


Spray oil and baking paper

2 cups self-raising flour
1 cup white chocolate bits (or more, I usually use more)
1 cup milk chocolate bits (or dark chocolate, if you prefer, and more if you prefer)
¾ filmly packed brown sugar
½ shredded coconut
1 tsp bicarbonate soda
2-3 mashed bananas (like 2 large, 3 medium blah blah blah)
1 cup milk (yes the full-fat not that watery stuff, not for my recipes)
100g melted butter (yes butter, proper cooks butter not that pretend stuff)
2 eggs, lightly whisked


Pre-heat your own to 200°C. Spray two loaf tins (mine measured 19cm x 9cm) with oil and line with baking paper. Or use those fab silicone ones, no need to line or spray or wash up with those.

Sift the flour into a nice big bowl, then add the two lots of chocolate bits, sugar, coconut and bicarb and give it a good stir.

Now go get another nice big bowl, and into that put the banana, milk, butter and eggs. Give it a good mix then pour the whole lot in with the flour mixture and stir till just combined.

Pour into the tins and use the back of your wooden spoon to smooth the surface.

Whack them into the oven for 40 minutes. You'll know when they're done when you insert a skewer and it comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack and eat.

If you've got any of that butter left over, you can smother some of it on your slice.