October 15, 2009

 With all of last week’s rain I found myself quite housebound with the kids and I find that baking is a great distraction. It can of course be completely nuts if there’s more than one child what with all the vying for the spoon, tears about who adds what etc etc. I tend to keep it simple and to do it during August’s naptime (he’s 15 months and when it comes to getting his own way is light years beyond anything Dan got up to). We’ve been working on a new kind of Banana Bread in recent months.While I do love my regular one with it’s tea-soaked Fruit and Walnuts, we love the combination of Banana with Chocolate and so our new Banana Bread with Chocolate Chips and Almonds was born. As with all Banana breads if you can bear to leave it in a paper bag for a day it’s extra scrummy and this one is lovely toasted with Vanilla Ice-cream too….

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

125gr soft brown Sugar

125gr butter

3 Eggs

4 ripe Bananas

100gr Chocolate Chips

100gr Chopped Almonds

1 Teaspoon Vanilla Essence

1/2 Teaspoon Bread Soda

100gr Self raising flour

Grease a loaf tin and set aside. Cream the Sugar and Butter until fluffy and pale (about 5 minutes). Add the Bread Soda to the Flour. Add an Egg to the Butter and Sugar mix then add about 1/3 of the Flour and Bread Soda and mix in. Continue adding the Eggs and Flour like this until you’ve used them all (this is the part that gets really messy if you’re doing it with kids). Mash the Bananas and add them into the mixture and finally throw in the Chocolate Chips and Almonds. Bake at Gas Mark 5 for about 45-50 minutes or until a knife comes out clean when inserted into the middle – Enjoy!

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