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Monday, October 31, 2011

Chocolate banana bread with white chocolate chips

We've made banana bread before (blondie version, with walnuts), but this time felt like chocolate. Because what could be better than banana bread? That's right, chocolate banana bread. Right on. And to make matters even more sinful, we've studded said decadent goody with white chocolate chips. And a touch of cinnamon and vanilla. Perfect for when you just can't decide what flavor you should choose and just want them all (in a combination which goes together wonderfully, I might add). Enjoy.
P.S: We've had some issues with our camera (a pic or two went missing, and what we managed to recover got rearranged quite funky, so bear with us). And have some cake while you're at it :)

Ingredients (for a small loaf pan - 30 cm):

  • 100 g white chocolate, cut into small-medium chunks
  • 325 g sugar
  • 125 ml peanut oil (or any other unflavored oil, or melted butter)
  • 185 g flour
  • 30 g cocoa
  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 50 ml milk
Mix the sugar and the oil in a food processor / bread or dough-making machine. Or by hand, however you prefer. Add the eggs:

Mix well, then add the bananas. 

Mix the flour, cocoa, baking powder, cinnamon and vanilla and add them too. Mix well until even. Then add the milk:

When all is even, add the white chocolate chips. Mix on very low speed (or by hand).

Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Pour the batter in a loaf tin (Preferably greased or lined with baking paper so you can get the cake out in one piece. In other words, don't do what we did and forget and just rush to pour it in a dry tin, no matter how heavenly it smells). 

Bake for 45-50 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the cake's center comes out clean. 

Allow to cool, reverse (and get the cake out in one piece if you didn't rush to pour it like a couple of amateurs :D), slice and dig in. :)
Oh, and a tip: make sure you don't cut the white chocolate into too small chunks if you don't want to lose them in the batter. We smashed ours with a knife and the pieces were quite big (but as you can see from the first pic, they shrunk considerably during baking). :) Bon apetit!

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