I started the evening I made this with the plan to make a loaf version of the Pumpkin & Chocolate Brownies I made in October. However, I forgot to get any cream cheese, which was one of the main ingredients. Luckily, my housemate had left some bananas on the side, with a note saying they were unwanted. So a banana cake it was! With a few extra flavours to jazz it up a bit.
Into a large bowl I sifted 145g plain flour, 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda, 1 tsp cinnamon and 1/2 tsp ground ginger. I added 1/4 tsp salt and stirred it all together.
In another bowl I mashed up 2 bananas with a fork. It’s best if the bananas are starting to brown, don’t use the just ripe ones as they will be too firm.
In a third bowl I creamed 110g caster sugar with 55g butter.
I added the mashed up bananas along with 1 egg, 50ml milk, and 1/2 tsp vanilla extract and mixed well.
The flour mixture then went into the banana mixture, along with 50g chocolate chips and 2 tbsp of bourbon (you can also use brandy).
I poured the mixture into a 1lb loaf tin.
I baked it on 180C/160C Fan/350F/Gas 4 for 45 minutes – I covered it with foil for the last 10 minutes so it didn’t burn on top.
The final loaf is moist and delicious, the mixture of banana, spices and chocolate flavours are divine! I think it would also make good mini loaves.
Spiced Banana, Choc Chip & Bourbon Loaf
- 145 g Plain flour
- 1/2 tsp Bicarbonate of soda
- 1 tsp Cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp Ground ginger
- 1/4 tsp Salt
- 2 Bananas mashed
- 110 g Caster sugar
- 55 g Butter
- 1 Egg
- 50 ml Milk
- 1/2 tsp Vanilla extract
- 50 g Chocolate chips
- 2 tbsp Bourbon or brandy
Pre-heat your oven to 180C/160C Fan/350F/Gas 4, and grease and line a 1lb loaf tin
Into a large bowl sift the plain flour, bicarbonate of soda, salt, cinnamon and ground ginger, and stir it all together
In another bowl cream the caster sugar with the butter
Add the bananas to the caster sugar and butter mixture, then add the egg, milk, and vanilla extract, and mix well
Add the flour mixture to the banana mixture and whisk in, then add the chocolate chips and bourbon, and mix in
Pour into the loaf tin and bake for 45 minutes - cover with foil for the last 10 minutes if it is getting too dark on top