Banana, Walnut and Chocolate Bread

By Saturday, February 07, 2015

I don't know what it is, but we always seem to have bananas in the house and they never seem to get eaten. So, this weekend I thought I would do a sweep of the fridge and cupboards to use up things that were about to go out of date. Overripe bananas...check, a handful of walnuts...check and a few squares of dark chocolate...check. These became the three main ingredients for this banana bread and boy did they work a treat! This bread isn't particularly sweet on its own, so the icing adds a nice sharp hit of sugar.  What I love about this recipe is that you would usually have most of the ingredients in your cupboards, and also you can make this all up in the food processor. Translated, that means for someone lazy like me...only one bowl to wash up! 

You will need: 
200g plain flour
150g soft brown sugar
100g butter, softened
3 ripe bananas
50g walnuts, roughly chopped
25g dark chocolate, roughly chopped
1 egg
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
pinch of salt

6 tbsp icing sugar, seived
2 tbsp water

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees/ gas 4. 

Begin by adding the butter and sugar to the food processor and blitz until creamed together. Add in the vanilla, cinnamon, salt and egg and blitz. At this stage it will look like you have gone horribly wrong, but don't be scared, the flour will bring it all back together!  

Add in the bananas and pulse until combined. Then, blitz in the flour and baking powder. Remove the blade and stir in the chocolate and walnuts by hand. The batter will be thick but pretty runny. 

Grease a loaf tin with butter and spoon in the batter. 

Bake in the oven for 45 minutes, or until a skewer comes out clean. Remove from the oven and leave to cool on a wired rack. 

Whilst the loaf cools, mix the icing sugar and water together to create a thick icing. Once the loaf is cool, spread the icing over and allow to set. Serve and enjoy! 

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