Fair Tasty Temptations: Banana chocolate loaf

Fair Trade Banana chocolate loaf

What's on the summer menu?

We at Gent Fair Trade appreciate fair food and good company, so we thought, why not combine both?

For the next 3 months, we will be bringing you delicious, easy, quick recipes and above all, using fair trade products from Oxfam Gent Centrum to cook and eat with your loved ones!
We will share our recipes and tips on our socials and this will be your chance to try to go fair trade for the summer and show your cooking skills with us!

Banana loaf ingredients

Sweet lovers, this week's recipe is for you!

We have prepared a delicious Banana Chocolate Loaf, also known as Banana bread, made as always, with only Fair Trade and Bio products.

But before dropping the recipe, here’s a bit of background of this delicious dessert.

Apparently, banana bread originated in North America.

The first bananas were introduced to the United States around 1870, but the first appearances of banana bread were around 1930, when they started selling baking soda and baking powder in shops. According to historians, it was a byproduct of the Great Depression, as bananas were still very expensive and so housewives could use the overripe ones to make this delicious moist and sweet bread-like dish.

Mouth-watering?

Here's our recipe!

  • 125 g of Fairebel butter at room temperature
  • 250 g of Fair Trade caster sugar
  • 2 Bio eggs
  • 250 g of plain flour
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 4 ripes bananas
  • 175 g of Fair Trade Dark Chocolate

Essential needs:

  • Tin loaf
  • Mixer

The recipe is easy, cheap and quick to prepare but it is also a great dish to cook because you can eat it for breakfast, snack and dessert.

So, let's get started!

Did you know that banana bread became very popular during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns?

  • Firsts things first: preheat the oven to 180°.
  • Work the butter and sugar into a cream in a bowl with a mixer.
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  • Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
  • Sift the flour and baking powder together with the creamed butter and sugar and beat again until well combined.
  • Smash the bananas and chop the chocolate in pieces, finally add everything to the bowl.

Although ours were not so ripe, this recipe is usually prepared with very ripe bananas, the ones that the picky eaters usually discard. It is therefore proposed as the ideal solution for those who have bananas to dispose of and a great way to avoid food waste.

  • Pour the mixture into the loaf tin and put in into the oven, bake it in the centre of the oven for 50 minutes,
  • You can check the baking by sticking a skewer into the centre of the loaf, you can remove it from the oven when it comes out clean. Wait for the loaf to cool a little before removing it from the tin.
  • Enjoy!
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TIPS:

Banana bread suits everyone's taste, you can customise and adapt it as you want, here are some of our tips:

  • You can flavour the banana loaf with vanilla or cinnamon;
  • If you want it even more chocolatey, you can also add cocoa powder to the dough;
  • For dried fruit lovers, try it with sultanas or coarsely chopped walnuts or almonds;
  • For a slightly stronger flavour and a slightly softer texture, some add a little liqueur to it;
  • You can cover it with a glaze or icing sugar;
  • And so on, give voice to your imagination!

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Did you like the recipe? Did we make your mouth water? Now you try it, cook your Banana chocolate loaf and share the result with us on social media!

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