Recipe: Chocolate Banana Bread

When the temperature drops like this my ‘need-to-bake’ gene switches into full force. Crank up the oven, grab a bowl and a wooden spoon et voila! a little treat to enjoy with your afternoon cuppa – or in your lunch box.
This banana bread recipe is from Bill Granger. It is absolutely delicious. Dust it with icing sugar or toast a slice and slather it with butter.  I do find this recipe a little sweet so instead of 1 cup of sugar I use just 3/4 of a cup. And make sure your bananas are over-ripe for an extra gooey texture.
2 cups plain flour
2 tspns baking powder
1 cup caster sugar
3 very ripe bananas, mashed
125 g unsalted butter, melted
2 eggs, beaten
1 tspn vanilla extract
1 cup dark choc chips
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celsius. Grease a 24cm x 13cm x 7cm loaf tin. Sift the flour and baking power in a bowl and add the caster sugar. In a separate bowl, combine the bananas, butter, eggs, vanilla and choc chips. Add the dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Pour into the loaf pan and bake for 1 1/4 hours or until when a skewer is inserted in the centre it comes away clean.

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