Sunday, 24 February 2013

Mary Berry's banana and chocolate chip loaf

More baking today and I decided to make a banana loaf and found a recipe online for a banana and chocolate chip loaf by Mary Berry for Comic Relief does Great British Bake Off.

It was fairly quick to mix together and fairly easy to do.

The only problem was baking really. The oven is just hot constantly so it cooked the outside but not really the inside. So the boyfriend said to put it back in the tin the other way round so the bottom was on the top and it would cook through without burning, which worked a treat.

When cooled the Mary Berry recipe says to melt chocolate and pipe it over the top of the cake. Instead though my boyfriend put golden syrup over the top which looked delicious.

We had a taste and at first it didn't taste much of banana but it later kicked in. My first try of a loaf and I think I would do it again.

The recipe from BBC Food - 


To decorate

Preparation method

  1. Preheat the oven 160C/325F/Gas 3. Grease and line a 450g/1lb loaf tin with non-stick baking parchment.
  2. Use a fork to mash the peeled banana in a mixing bowl. Add the remaining cake ingredients (except the chocolate chips) and beat with an electric hand whisk until combined and smooth.
  3. Stir in the chocolate chips and spoon the mixture into the prepared loaf tin. Level the top.
  4. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until well risen, shrinking away from the sides of the tin and golden-brown.
  5. Set aside to cool for 10 minutes, then remove from the tin and leave to cool on a wire rack.
  6. For the decoration, break the chocolate into small pieces and add to a heatproof bowl.
  7. Melt the chocolate in the bowl over a pan of simmering water (ensuring that the bowl does not touch the water). Stir regularly, until almost completely melted, then remove from the heat. The heat of the bowl will melt any remaining lumps.
  8. Spoon the melted chocolate into a piping bag and pipe zig-zags across the top of the loaf. Set aside for the chocolate to set. Slice and serve.

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