Choco-chunky banana bread

Add body and bite to banana bread with big chunks of dark chocolate.

  • Preparation Time20 mins
  • Cooking Time50 mins
  • DifficultyEasy
175g plain chocolate, chopped for melting
210g plain flour
3/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
Pinch ground cloves
1 tsp pure vanilla essence
4 ripe bananas, diced
80ml buttermilk, at room temperature
110g unsalted butter, softened
225g sugar
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 large egg, at room temperature
1) Position a rack in the centre of the oven and preheat the oven to 180C/Gas 4. Butter and flour a 23 by 13 by 8cm loaf tin.

2) Put the chocolate in a heatproof bowl. Bring a saucepan filled with an inch or so of water to a very slow simmer; set the bowl on the pan (without touching the water). Stir the chocolate occasionally until melted and smooth. Keep warm.

3) Whisk the flour, bicarbonate of soda, baking powder, cinnamon and cloves in a medium bowl. Stir the vanilla and half the bananas into the buttermilk

4) Beat the butter and sugar in a large bowl, with an electric mixer on medium-high speed, until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes. While mixing, drizzle in the oil and beat until incorporated. Beat in the egg.

5) While mixing slowly add the flour mixture to the butter in 3 additions, alternating with the buttermilk mixture in 2 parts, beginning and ending with the flour. (Scrape the sides of the bowl between additions, if needed). Fold in the remaining bananas.

6) Gently swirl the melted chocolate into the batter so that it has a marbled effect. Scoop the batter into the prepared tin. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean, about 50 minutes.

7) Cool in the tin on a rack before unmoulding and slicing.

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