Friday, 2 September 2016

Chocolate Banana Loaf Cake

Today I baked a lovely Chocolate and Banana Loaf Cake, and topped with a chocolate ganache.  This is a simple recipe which I adapted, slightly, from BBC Good Food.  That had banana chips on the top as well but I didn't see the need for them and am always slightly dubious about quite how hard they can be, 

The recipe is very easy, as it is just a question of mixing all the ingredients together, except for having to whisk some of the egg whites before adding in.  

It takes very little time to prepare, so most of the time is taken on baking and cooling as the topping is made.

My attempt turned out very well, a lovely moist cake which tastes wonderful with the chocolate flavour infused with banana, and then the rich chocolate ganache on top.

I urge you to try this one, you will be amply rewarded.
Chocolate Banana Loaf Cake
Chocolate Banana Loaf Cake - Video
Ingredients:
  • 100ml sunflower oil
  • 175g caster sugar
  • 175g self-raising flour
  • half tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 4 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 100g chocolate chips or chunks
  • 175g very ripe bananas
  • 1 whole egg and 2 egg yolks
  • 2 egg whites
  • 50ml milk
For the topping
  • 100g milk chocolate
  • 100ml soured cream
Method:
Heat oven to 160C/140C fan/gas 3. 
Grease and line a 2lb loaf tin with baking parchment (allow it to come 2cm above top of tin). 
Mix the sugar, flour, bicarb, cocoa and chocolate in a large bowl.
Mash the bananas in a bowl and stir in the whole egg plus 2 yolks, followed by the oil and milk. 
Beat the egg whites until stiff. 
Quickly stir the wet banana mixture into the dry ingredients, stir in a quarter of the egg whites to loosen the mixture, then gently fold in the rest. 
Gently scrape into the tin and bake for 1 hr 10-15 mins, or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.
Cool in the tin on a wire rack. 
To make the icing, melt the chocolate and soured cream together in a heatproof bowl over a pan of barely simmering water.
 Chill in the fridge until spreadable. 
Remove cake from tin, roughly swirl icing over the top.

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