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Chocolate and Banana Loaf

by Martha Swift & Lisa Thomas from The Primrose Bakery Book

This simple loaf cake recipe marries together the flavours of rich dark chocolate and sweet, ripe banana. So easy to make, it is a perfect treat with a hot cup of tea.

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Martha Swift, Lisa Thomas


The combination of banana and chocolate in this loaf cake is hard to resist. A slice of it served almost straight from the oven would be good for a winter breakfast or an afternoon tea.

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125g unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus more for greasing tin
250g golden caster sugar
2 large eggs, free-range or organic, lightly beaten
1 tsp good-quality vanilla extract
250g plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
4 ripes bananas, mashed with a fork
175g good-quality dark chocolate chips or dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids), broken into small pieces

Essential kit

You will need a 900g loaf tin.


Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas mark 4. Grease 1 x 900g loaf tin and line with baking paper or a loaf tin liner.

Cream the butter and sugar in a bowl with an electric hand mixer. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Add the vanilla extract and beat again briefly. Sift the flour and baking powder into a bowl, then gradually add to the creamed butter and sugar and beat again until well combined. Beat in the mashed bananas and finally stir in the chocolate pieces.

Pour the mixture into the loaf tin and level it out with a spatula. Bake in the centre of the oven for 50 minutes, until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean. Leave the cake in the tin to cool.

This loaf cake is best served warm. Keep any uneaten cake in an airtight container at room temperature for about 3 days.


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From the book: The Primrose Bakery Book

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