Banana and chocolate bread

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One of my friends Mia, came round for dinner this week and in her honour I made this banana and chocolate bread. She is a big fan of any kind of banana cake and I had some overripe bananas so it seemed like a perfect match. I’ve said it many times before but I’ll say it again – I love the combination of chocolate and banana. This is a Delicious Magazine recipe that I spotted a little while ago.

You will need a 2 litre loaf for this recipe. It does quite a long time to cook (1 hour 10 minutes) so be prepared to wait a while!

Ingredients:

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150g unsalted butter (plus extra for greasing)
300g plain flour (plus extra for dusting)
185g light muscovado sugar
2 large free-range eggs (lightly beaten)
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
150ml milk
3 medium, ripe bananas (mashed)
50g sweet dark chocolate (roughly chopped)
50g walnuts (chopped)

Method:
1) Preheat the oven to 180°C/Fan 160°C/Gas 4. Lightly butter and flour a 2 litre loaf tin.
2) Using an electric hand whisk, beat the butter and sugar in a bowl until light and fluffy. Gradually add the eggs, beating all the time.

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3) Sift in the flour, bicarbonate of soda and a pinch of salt. Beat well, then gradually add the milk.

4) Fold the bananas into the mixture with the chopped chocolate and walnuts. Spoon the mixture into the loaf tin and level the top.

5) Bake for about 1 hour, 10 minutes until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean and not sticky. Cover the top with foil if it starts to brown too quickly. Allow to cool in the tin for at least 15 minutes before turning out.

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