15 October 2006

World bread day

I know, banana bread, especially this extremely reach version, is not strictly bread, but has the name bread in the name, so, is bread in some way, or at least for some cultures.
The originl recipe is from Nigella Lawson’s How to be a domestic goddess, and for once I followed it to the last pinch of salt. And the result was awesome, really…

100 g of raisins
6 tablespoons of rum
100 g of flour
2 tablespoons of cocoa powder
2 teaspoons of baking powder
1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
1/2 teaspoon of salt
100 g of butter, melted
100 g of sugar
2 eggs
4 large, very ripe, bananas
70 g of roughly chopped walnuts
120 g of chopped dark chocolate

Heat the rum with the raisins in a small saucepan, bring to the boil, turn off the heat, cover and let it rest for 1 hour.
In a bowl mix all the dry ingredients: flour, cocoa, salt, baking powder and soda.
In a large bowl, beat with an electric whisker butter and sugar. Add one by one the eggs, whipping. Add bananas, walnuts and chopped chocolate, mixing with a wooden spoon. Add the dry ingredients and mix well.
Cover a plumcake tin with greaseproof paper, add the mixture and bake, in a preheated oven, at 170° C, for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Let it cool before serving it.