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Chocolate chip and brazil nut banana bread

13 FEBRUARY 2014
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Banana bread is a great way to use up overripe bananas, in fact, the darker the skins, the better! This recipe adds brazils for a delicious nutty crunch and Divine’s 70% dark for nuggets of chocolate pleasure. 

Ingredients

150g plain flour
150g wholemeal flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
½ tsp salt
100g 70% Divine chocolate, broken into pieces and roughly chopped
60g brazil nuts, roughly chopped
125g unsalted butter, very soft, plus a little extra for greasing
150g Fairtrade caster sugar
2 large eggs
100ml buttermilk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp almond extract
4 medium overripe Fairtrade bananas, mashed almost to a puree

Method

1. Preheat the oven to 180 C / 350 F / Gas Mark 4 and grease a 2lb loaf tin with a little butter.

2. Sift the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt into a large mixing bowl. Add the chocolate and brazil nuts and briefly mix together until evenly distributed and coated in flour.

3. In a separate bowl, cream together the butter and sugar with a hand whisk or food mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, followed by the buttermilk, vanilla and almond extracts and finally the mashed bananas.

4. Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and pour in the wet mixture. Using a large spoon, mix everything together until just combined.

5. Pour the mixture into the greased loaf tin and cook in the preheated oven for 60-70 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean when inserted into the middle.

6. Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the tin for 5-10 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Thanks to food blogger Pauline Milligan and Divine Chocolate

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