Every time I watch Despicable Me I have to chuckle when Dave yells: ‘B-A-N-A-N-A!’ It is at that point that I realise that the bananas I’ve bought at the start of the week are about to grow another life if I don’t rescue them from the fruit bowl before the week is out.
To me there is only one solution to the problem… Let’s bake!
I love banana bread. The smell is intoxicating and if you pair it with butter it instantly transforms your average coffee break into a foodie experience. I like it when the bread is not too dense so therefore I incorporate a lot of air into the mixture to make it as light and airy as I can.
250 grams plain flour
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
120 grams unsalted butter
120 grams soft brown sugar
2 eggs, separated
3 large overripe bananas
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
Pinch of fine sea salt
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius and grease a loaf tin.
Sift together the flour, bicarb, baking powder and salt.
Cream the butter and sugar.
Mash the bananas.
Separate the eggs and whip the egg whites.
Beat the egg yolks into the creamed butter and sugar along with the mashed bananas.
Combine the flour mixture with the banana mixture and chocolate chips.
Carefully fold the egg whites into the rest of the batter.
Pour into a greased loaf tin and bake for about 45 minutes until done.
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