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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Banana and chocolate chunk cake squares

What should friends who help you move get? You know, after a long trip to pick up heavy mail-delivered luggage and boxes and after carrying them to your place? You should give them something as a thank you, right? So what should it be?
One answer could be a quick to make delicious moist banana cake studded with chocolate chunks :). Served directly over said boxes (see above). Straight from the oven, before having a chance to unpack, because there's nothing that says "home" more than warm cake :).

The cake is not to sweet or fat, the banana fragrance and flavor can be felt all throughout it and the glorious dark chocolate chunks are a winner (especially when the cake is still warm and the chocolate is melted and gooey) :).
Recipe adapted from here.

Last year: Brownies with mixed seeds and vanilla.
Two years ago: Cinnamon and brown sugar palmiers.
Three years ago: Diet muffins with cranberries, dark chocolate and spices and Risotto with caramelized onions, artichokes and bacon.

Ingredients (for a 20 X 30 cm tray):
  • 100 g butter, melted
  • 100 g sugar
  • 6 eggs
  • 175 g yogurt
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 80 g dark chocolate
  • 300 g flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees C. Line the baking tray with baking paper.
In a large bowl, mix the melted butter with the sugar and the eggs until even. Also add the vanilla extract.
Mash the bananas in a small bowl with a fork until completely pureed.
Add the yogurt and the bananas over the egg mixture. Mix well.
Mix the flour with the baking powder and add it to the rest, gradually.
Coarsely cut the chocolate into chunks and gently mix them in the batter, careful not to overmix them into nothingness :).

Pour the batter in the prepared tin and bake for 40-45 minutes or until a skewer inserted inside comes out clean. Take out, allow to cool a bit and dig in! :)

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