Mary Berry’s Irresistible Banana Bread Recipe with a Chocolate Twist

Mary Berry is a beloved British baking icon. She has graced our screens for decades with her culinary expertise and warm personality. She is known for her impeccable baking skills and extensive career. Mary Berry’s recipes are cherished worldwide. Today I’m excited to share with you her delightful take on Banana Bread. Banana bread is a classic treat that combines the sweetness of ripe bananas with the warmth of baked bread. Mary Berry’s version adds a twist with the inclusion of rich dark chocolate chips. Which makes it an absolute crowd-pleaser.

A Little History of Banana Bread:

Banana bread originated in the United States during the Great Depression of the 1930s. It emerged as a way to repurpose overripe bananas. It was a creative solution to avoid food waste during challenging economic times. The recipe’s simplicity and affordability made it a popular choice and it continued to gain prominence during World War II. Over the years, banana bread has evolved with various delicious variations. Now it is a beloved baked treat enjoyed worldwide.

How to Make Mary Berry Banana Bread Recipe

This Mary Berry Banana Bread is a moist and flavorful loaf. It serves about 8 to 10 slices. You will need  approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes to prepare and bake the cake. With a little patience you’ll have a wonderful homemade treat to enjoy. 

Tools and Equipment:

For this recipe you’ll need the following tools and equipment.

  1. Mixing Bowl: A medium-sized mixing bowl for combining the ingredients.
  2. Mashing Tool: To mash the ripe banana effectively.
  3. Spatula: For mixing and folding the ingredients.
  4. Loaf Tin: A 1-pound (450g) loaf tin.You have to grease the tin and line with parchment paper.
  5. Oven: Preheated to 180°C (350°F) for baking.

Ingredients:

  • Banana : 2 ripe bananas ( 200g , peeled )
  • Butter (soft) : 4oz or 100g
  • Milk : 2 tbsp
  • Caster sugar : 6oz or 150g
  • Egg (free-range) : 2 
  • Dark chocolate chips : 4oz or 100g
  • Plain flour : 6oz or 150g
  • Bicarbonate of soda : 1 tsp
  • Baking powder : 1 tsp

Optional : 

  • To decorate : 4oz or 100g dark chocolate

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 180°C (350°F). Grease a 1-pound (450g) loaf tin. Line it with parchment paper and leave an overhang for easy removal later.
  2. Mash the ripe bananas in a bowl. You can use a fork or mashing tool to mash the bananas. Mash until they become a smooth paste.
  3. Add the milk to the mashed bananas and mix well. Set aside.
  4. Take another bowl to cream the butter and caster sugar. Cream together the soft butter and caster sugar until they become light and fluffy.
  5. Gradually add the eggs to the butter-sugar mixture. Beat well after each addition.
  6. Sift the plain flour, bicarbonate of soda and baking powder into the wet ingredients. Fold gently until the mixture is well combined.
  7. Now add the mashed banana mixture and dark chocolate chips to the batter. Stir until evenly distributed.
  8. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf tin. Smoothen the top with a spatula.
  9. Bake in the preheated oven for approximately 55-60 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean.
  10. Allow the banana bread to cool in the tin for 10 minutes. Then transfer it to a wire rack to cool completely.
  11. If you prefer you can melt the additional dark chocolate and drizzle it over the cooled banana bread for decoration.

Also Try: Classic Mary Berry Shortbread Recipe

Pair Mary Berry’s Banana Cake with:

Vanilla Ice Cream: A scoop of creamy vanilla ice cream complements the warmth of the banana bread and the richness of the chocolate chips perfectly.

Fresh Berries: Serve your banana bread with a side of fresh berries. You can go for strawberries, raspberries or blueberries for a burst of fruity goodness.

Honey or Maple Syrup: Drizzle a bit of honey or maple syrup over a slice of banana bread. It will add a touch of natural sweetness.

Whipped Cream: Top your banana bread with a dollop of freshly whipped cream for an indulgent treat.

Nut Butter: Spread almond butter, peanut butter or hazelnut spread on a slice of banana bread for a nutty and satisfying combination.

Yogurt: Pair with a scoop of Greek yogurt or your favorite yogurt flavor for a creamy and tangy contrast.

Hot Coffee or Tea: Enjoy your banana bread with a steaming cup of coffee or a fragrant cup of tea for a comforting snack.

Caramel Sauce: Drizzle some warm caramel sauce over your banana bread to elevate its sweetness and decadence.

Cheese: Surprisingly, a mild cheese like cream cheese or brie can be a delightful accompaniment, creating a sweet and savory contrast.

Tips and Tricks

  • Use ripe bananas for enhanced flavor.
  • Ensure butter and eggs are at room temperature.
  • Mash bananas thoroughly for a smooth texture.
  • Avoid overmixing the batter.
  • Use the specified 1-pound loaf tin.
  • Grease and line the tin for easy removal.
  • Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F).
  • Check for doneness with a skewer.

Nutritional Value (per slice, based on 10 servings):

Calories: 300

Fat: 12g

Carbohydrates: 44g

Protein: 4g

FAQs:

Can I use milk chocolate chips instead of dark chocolate?

Yes. You can use milk chocolate chips. It will give a sweeter flavor.

Can I substitute butter with margarine in this recipe?

Yes. You can use margarine as a substitute for butter.

How should I store leftover banana bread?

Store it in an airtight container. Keep the container at room temperature for up to 3 days.Also you can keep these in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Can I freeze this banana bread?

Absolutely! Wrap it in plastic wrapper and aluminum foil. Then you can freeze them for up to 3 months.

What can I add for extra texture and flavor?

You can incorporate chopped nuts, such as walnuts or pecans, for added crunch and a nutty taste.

Conclusion

Mary Berry’s Banana Bread is a delightful treat that combines the natural sweetness of ripe bananas with the richness of dark chocolate chips. It’s perfect for breakfast, brunch, or a sweet snack. Enjoy this moist and flavorful banana bread with a cup of tea or coffee, and savor the wonderful flavors that Mary Berry has brought to your kitchen. Happy baking!

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