Finally! It’s the time of the year when everything you make, bake or decorate has to have a festive twist! It has also been a busy week of Christmas parties and lunches, so our pantry and fridge has been abandoned a little. My Bananas were on their last few days of survival, so I needed to make something quick! Here is a really easy recipe for a festive Banana Loaf.
- 100g Softened Butter
- 120g Golden Caster Sugar
- 1 Large egg
- 2 tsp Baking powder
- 100-170g chopped walnuts
- 1 Handful cocoa nibs or choc chips (optional)
- 2 tbsp. cocoa
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tsp mixed spice
- 1 tsp nutmeg
- 225g plain flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 3-4 ripe bananas
- splash of milk
- 6 cubes dark chocolate (for decoration)
- icing sugar (for decoration)
- Heat the oven to 180. Generously grease a loaf tin.
- In a bowl measure the baking powder, walnuts, spices, cocoa nibs, cocoa and flour. In a separate bowl mash the bananas and set aside.
- In a large bowl cream together the sugar and butter to a soft ball consistency then mix in the egg.
- Fold the dry ingredients into the wet (including the banana), when just combined pour into the loaf tin and bake for 1 hour – 1 hour 15. When a skewer is inserted it should come out clean or with a cake like residue (not completely wet).
- Cover with tin foil and leave to cool for 20 minutes before turning onto a wire rack to cool completely.
- To decorate, I melted down the dark chocolate pieces and drizzled over the loaf. Then dusted with icing sugar and drizzled with chocolate again.
I love the marbled effect you get from the contrast of cocoa and walnuts. Enjoy and do let me know your thoughts as always!