Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Chocolate and Banana Bread

After an epic nap Monday afternoon, (3 & 1/2 hours for E, 2 for me!) I decided to make use of the overripe bananas we had. I popped E in her highchair with some snacks and gave her a bowl and spoon so she could copy and help mummy. 


I always (loosely!) follow a banana bread recipe from the Sainsburys Little One's Recipe & Nutrition Book, simply because its so easy (I'm a terrible cook/baker, I have to be in the mood to attempt it) and I adapt it as necessary:



80g butter, softened (extra for greasing the tin)
3 or 4 medium sized, overripe bananas
1 tsp vanilla extract
180g light brown sugar
x1 egg, beaten
225g self raising flour
1 tsp baking powder


Pre-heat the oven to 180 (gas 4).

Grease a 900g loaf tin with butter and line the bottom with greaseproof paper.

Peel the bananas, break into pieces and mash in a large bowl. Add the butter and vanilla extract and mash again. The mixture will look lumpy.



Add the sugar and egg and mix well. Sift in the flour and baking powder and mix well again. 

This is the point I would add any other ingredients. This time we used 120g of chocolate but we've used overripe berries as well, which was delicious!

Spoon into the tin and bake for 40 minutes.  If it starts to go brown, cover with grease proof paper and bake for another 10 minutes.

The great thing about this recipe is that its suitable for freezing. I find I'll eat a couple of pieces after baking it but then don't want any more for a few days. E loves fruity bread for breakfast, actually any time, but by freezing it, it means I can mix up what she has.



It doesn't look anything spectacular but honestly, its delicious!

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