Friday, June 22, 2012

Chocolate and Banana Loaf (Primrose Bakery)

Do you believe that you have to cook or bake with love to create delicious food? I do.

That's what I see in everything baked in Primrose Bakery.... Yes, I see lots of LOVE in their food. Primrose Bakery at London and started in October 2004 and they always have an objective of keeping their bakes simple, using good quality, seasonal and well sourced ingredients. It is nice to know that they treat all their bakes just the ones that they will bake for your own children, friends and family. Seeing the pictures and write-up of this bakery in the all British issue (June 2012) of Australia Gourmet Traveller, I'm inspired to create lots of lovely bakes for my family and friends and wish to own a bakery like this one day.

I have to stop dreaming now and start baking... Here I am baking this Primrose Bakery chocolate and banana loaf with lots of love. And, it is my pride and joy knowing that every single slice of this simple loaf is fully packed with beautiful ingredients. 

chocolate banana loaf cake Primrose bakery

chocolate banana loaf cake Primrose bakery
Every slice of this has lots of chocolate, banana and love :D
Wish that I can own a bakery like this...

Here's the recipe from the Primrose Bakery App
(with my modification in blue)

To make a 900g loaf:

250g plain flour
175g dark chocolate pieces (I use the 70% cocoa ones)
250g caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 eggs
125g butter
4 ripe bananas
2 tsp baking powder

Preheat the oven to 180°C (or 160°C fan forced). Grease a 900g loaf tin and line with baking paper.

Cream the butter and sugar until fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Then add the vanilla extract and mix.

Sift together the flour and baking powder then gradually add to the batter and beat well.

Mash the bananas and beat them into the mix. Stir in the chocolate pieces.

Pour the mixture into the loaf tin and bake in the center of the oven for 50 min, until skewer inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Leave the cake in the tin to cool.

This loaf cake is best served warm. Keep any uneaten cake in an airtight container at room temperature for about 3 days.

Note: Using half of the recipe, I baked my loaf using a 8 cm x 17 cm loaf tin at 160°C fan forced for 45 min. I noticed that the "split" was not exactly in center of the cake. I reckon that this is due to the position of cake in the oven. The cake was baked with other items and was placed not in the center of the oven, causing the uneven heat to skew the "split" to one side. Despite its "imperfect" look, this cake is very delicious!

Happy Baking

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53 comments:

  1. your banana loaf looks delicious, something about the combo of chocolate and bananas that is undeniable.

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  2. 嗯。。。看起来很棒哦!!简单就是幸福,我喜欢!!

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  3. This looks amazing! I've had a similar post about banana nut bread a couple of days ago!

    I love banana bread! Great pictures!
    x

    Maria
    http://www.unidentifiedlifestyle.com

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  4. The primrose bakery is one of my favourite books but I was quite disappointed with the actual bakery. This chocolate and banana loaf looks delicious! I love baking with bananas so will add this to my collection :)

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  5. I do like banana loaf bread but never had the one with chocolate,sound delicious !!

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  6. Your photos are always so gorgeous! I am the biggest fan of chocolate and banana bread. This loaf looks so moist and yummy!!

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  7. This looks incredibly good. I love banana bread!

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  8. I totally agree with you, Zoe. Banana + chocolate = love. haha. It looks so delicious!

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  9. You can never go wrong with banana and chocolate combo ! I love the crack at the side and it's not imperfect , 'tis unique ! ;D I've been planning to bake some but baking a whole 8x4 or 9x5 loaf seems too big for 2 person and I check the loaf pan that you used and it sounds perfect ! I just have to buy it first though ! lol Delicious bake , Zoe !

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  10. Primrose Bakery looks like a gem. If this cake is any example, I wish it was located in my town! Lucky you. And what fun they shared this recipe. Bananas and chocolate are lovely together.
    Thanks so much for visiting me and becoming a follower. I'll reciprocate! ;)

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  11. tis banana loaf looks good:) i love bananas & chocolate, a very gd combination...

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  12. That looks so yummy! You are so generous with your chocolates! I baked one recently but it tasted more like kueh, must have added way too much bananas lol!

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  13. I love bake too and think like we hsve to cook or bake wib2th love; agree; when I dont feel well for any reason I cant cook.

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  14. Oh!it is so yummy can't wait for having a pie of it.Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe a great combination would try it.

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  15. It looks extremely good. I like this loaf of chocolate and bananas cake.

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  16. The loaf looks delicious. Love the combination of chocolate and banana. You are absolutely right as everything made with love tastes a lot better.

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  17. Aww so much love! chocolate-banana beautiful combination.

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  18. The loaf looks so delicious and yummy...

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  19. Love this banana & chocolate so much that I'm planning to make it during the school holiday, coming soon; Love how moist & lovely this cake looks. I'm sure it's delicious coz you'll never go wrong with these two combo. Have a lovely weekend, Zoe! :)

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  20. This loaf looks totally moist and delicious, those choc chips just oozing out :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  21. LOL, I am glad you are enjoying my junk cravings :p
    Have a wonderful day
    xxx

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  22. With lots of love inside the loaf, definately will be delicious.

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  23. Honestly, i am not a chocolate lover. But i just can't resist the outcome from chocolate and banana, love it :)

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  24. i never noticed about the side cracks until you mentioned it..yeah..kind of strange but it's really not that important. Sounds delicious! Can i be part of your dreams that is if you open a bakery someday, please employ me..dont mind washing dishes for you and at the same time, earn some aussie dollars!!

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  25. This cake looks really delicious! Moist and I can almost smell the wonderful aroma of the bananas!

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  26. wow,好好吃的样子,bookmark起来了,谢谢分享^^

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  27. Hi Zoe, I'm happy I made something your some approves of this time. I love chocolate banana bread a little too much, it's just magically disappears of my counter. What a fun bakery, I wish we had more fun little places like that around here. I would love to visit London one day. I will find you on twitter this weekend, I must warn you though, I'm not so good at it. Hope you have a wonderful weekend.
    -Gina-

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  28. WOW, I simply looooooove your blog :D
    I just can't get enough of all these yummy recipes. The only thing that would be better is a button of "Taste" or "Have a bite", lol, just a wish..

    Have a fabulous day, xx
    Loly
    http://abudhabifood.blogspot.com/

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  29. Love is a very important ingredient

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  30. yummy, I love banana bread and with chocolate is a plus.

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  31. The loaf looks heavenly to me. Banana and chocolate is a winning combination!

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  32. I agree with you that baking with love does make a difference!

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  33. Such a delicious looking loaf. Banana loaf always makes a gorgeous smell in the kitchen doesn't it? I actually wanted to try this recipe a few days ago (I love the Primrose Bakery book!) but didn't have enough bananas so I made a banana yoghurt loaf instead.

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  34. Yum! I love banana and chocolate! Totally fabulous! Have a great week sweetie!

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  35. I definately believe that baked goods need to have lots of love in them! Your loaf looks very yummy. It would go really well with my cup of tea! Everything is better with chocolate :)

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  36. Zoe, not only I can see the "love," I can also feel it in the air too while reading your posting today! Very yummy choc nana cake, I LOVE IT!

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  37. This is absolutely amazing!A must try!Many kisses,dear!

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  38. Oooo... what a coincidence, I just made a banana cake yesterday. Yours sounds really yummy! Slurpppp....
    Jope you're enjoying your weekend.
    Kristy

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  39. This looks great, Zoe. I love the banana and chocolate combo.

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  40. Chocolate and banana is love indeed! This looks great Zoe. I always like a bit of spice and nut with my banana bread too :)

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  41. Oh Zoe, I am definitely baking this for my best friend who loves banana cake and chocolate, this is such a wonderful combination! Yours look absolutely delicious!

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  42. looks light yet full of goodness. awesome loaf!

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  43. Chocolate and banana always a perfect match. yummy.

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  44. looks lovely and delicious...mouthwatering!

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  45. This definitely looks like it was made with love! A great little loaf, this may be one of those bakes that could be made on a regular basis! Since I started blogging I don't think I've made any banana bakes at all, perhaps I'll try this one! :-)

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  46. Gorgeous loaf, Zoe! Double win with the chocolate :)

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  47. Good recipe - nice twist on banana bread. Such a great flavor combo! Fun post - thanks.

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  48. Oh my goodness this looks so delicious! I love banana bread and the chocolate looks like it just takes it over the top! Thanks for sharing such a great looking recipe.

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  49. I made something like this to take to our picnic yesterday for the Hot Air Balloonfest. Although, I made it as a cupcake for easy handling.

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  50. Drool...just baked this. Smells amazing, can't wait for it to cool down enough to slice into it!

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  51. Your cake looks amazing! I have just made this cake following the recipe exact using the 900g tin, the cake mixture spilled over the sides and I had to keep it in longer resulting in a burnt top! Is the mixture too much for the suggested tin? What went wrong?! Any tips appreciated :-)

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    1. Hi Nicola,

      I've used half of the recipe and 8 x 17 cm loaf tin to bake my small loaf and reckon that I will use 11 x 22 cm loaf tin (typical 900g capacity) to bake the full amount of this recipe. This cake doesn't rise very much and I reckon filling your loaf tin to 70-80% should be ok to avoid any spillage. If you wish to bake it longer without a burnt top, cover the cake loosely with a foil just before you think that cake started to brown too fast and make sure too that you use a middle rack to bake. Cheers!

      Zoe

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