Chocolate and banana loaf

with streusel topping
Author: 
Mark Young
Serves: 
Many (2 loaves)
Prep time: 
30 mins
Cook time: 
30 mins
Ingredients: 

Ingredients for the loaf:

  • 100g plain fair trade chocolate minimum 70% cocoa solids
  • 150g unsalted butter,softened
  • 175g fair trade golden caster sugar
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 175g self-raising flour
  • 1 level tsp baking powder
  • 25g fair trade cocoa powder
  • 2 large fair trade bananas, peeled and mashed

Ingredients for the topping:

  • 25g unsalted butter
  • 2 generous tbsp plain flour
  • 1 level tbsp fair trade demerara sugar
  • Pecans, chopped to make 2 tbsp
Method: 
  1. Heat the oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Butter and line the bases of 2 x 450g loaf tins with baking parchment.
  2. To make the streusel topping, rub the butter into the flour, then mix in the demerara sugar and chopped pecans.
  3. Melt the chocolate either in the microwave or in a small glass bowl set over a pan of barely simmering water. Stir until smooth and remove from the heat.
  4. Cream together the softened butter and caster sugar until pale and fluffy. Gradually add the egg, beating well between each addition.
  5. Sift together the flour, baking powder and cocoa and fold in using a large metal spoon.
  6. Add the mashed banana and melted chocolate and mix well.
  7. Divide the mixture between the 2 tins and top each with the streusel.
  8. Bake for about 45 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  9. Cool on a rack, then wrap in baking parchment or foil.

You can make this cake a day or two ahead as the bananas will keep it really moist.

Chefs Tip:

The flavour of this recipe will be improved if you use really ripe bananas, so if you have a couple in your fruit bowl that look to brown to eat use them as an excuse to make this delicious recipe!