Malawian-style Peanut & Banana Cake

Malawian-style Peanut & Banana Cake

Ingredients: – 225g plain flour – 1 tsp salt – 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda – 1 ½ tsp nutmeg, ground – 170g Fairtrade soft brown sugar – 85g butter – 2 beaten eggs – 4 Fairtrade bananas – 60g Fairtrade peanuts Preparation: Pre heat the oven to 170C Cream butter and sugar together Add the beaten eggs slowly Coarsely chop the peanuts and roast them in the oven for a few minutes until they are a darker shade (be careful they can burn easily) Add the mashed bananas and nuts to the mixture Fold in all the dry ingredients Spoon into a large loaf tin Bake for 50...
Divine’s Chocolate Chip and Brazil Nut Banana Bread

Divine’s Chocolate Chip and Brazil Nut Banana Bread

Ingredients: – 150g plain flour – 150g wholemeal flour – 1 tsp baking powder – 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda – ½ tsp salt – 100g 70% Divine chocolate, broken into pieces and roughly chopped – 60g Fairtrade brazil nuts, roughly chopped – 125g unsalted butter, very soft, plus a little extra for greasing – 150g Fairtrade caster sugar – 2 large eggs – 100ml buttermilk – 1 tsp vanilla extract – 1 tsp almond extract – 4 medium overripe bananas, mashed almost to a puree Preparation: 1. Preheat the oven to 180 C / 350 F / Gas Mark 4 and grease a 2lb loaf tin with a little butter. 2. Sift the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt into a large mixing bowl. Add the chocolate and brazil nuts and briefly mix together until evenly distributed and coated in flour. 3. In a separate bowl, cream together the butter and sugar with a hand whisk or food mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, followed by the buttermilk, vanilla and almond extracts and finally the mashed bananas. 4. Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and pour in the wet mixture. Using a large spoon, mix everything together until just combined. 5. Pour the mixture into the greased loaf tin and cook in the preheated oven for 60-70 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean when inserted into the middle. 6. Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the tin for 5-10 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool...