Monday, 10 December 2012

Spiced Banana, Choc Chip & Bourbon Loaf

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 an 8" x 5" 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.

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Spiced Banana, Choc Chip & Bourbon Loaf
  • 145g Plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp Bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 2 Bananas, ripe
  • 110g Caster sugar
  • 55g Butter
  • 1 Egg
  • 50ml Milk
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 50g Chocolate chips
  • 2 tbsp Bourbon/Brandy
Into a large bowl sift the plain flour, bicarbonate of soda, cinnamon and ground ginger. Also add the salt and stir it all togetherIn another bowl mashed up the bananas with a forkIn a third bowl cream the caster sugar with the butterAdd the mashed up bananas to the caster sugar and butter mixture, then add the egg, milk, and vanilla extract, mix wellAdd the flour mixture along with the chocolate chips and bourbon (or brandy)Pour into an 8" x 5" loaf tin. Bake on 180C/160C Fan/350F/Gas 4 for 45 minutes - cover with foil for the last 10 minutes so it doesn't burn on top


  1. I'm not usually a big fan of chocolate and bananas together, but this loaf looks absolutely INCREDIBLE! I'm completely intrigued with the addition of bourbon and ginger. This is a must try recipe! Thanks for sharing! XO

  2. Thank you! Yes it was a random mix of flavours, but actually turned out great. Let me know if you make it!

  3. Ahh wow this is a really interesting loaf cake. I like your imaginative flavours - would have never thought of adding Bourbon to a loaf cake. looks lush x

  4. This sounds really lovely. I must give it a go.