Chocolate orange banana bread

When Choclette at Chocolate Log Blog announced that this month’s We Should Cocoa challenge was orange, I was pretty happy as I already had several bakes in mind using the combination, as it just seems so festive.

I intend to make a chocolate orange cheesecake for Boxing Day, but that will be too late for the WSC deadline, and I was also considering some sort of orange flavoured chocolate truffle as a one of the food gifts I give this year, but again that might be pushing it a bit for time.

What I’m actually submitting came about more by circumstance than design. I had over-ripe bananas that needed to be used, and homemade orange curd that hadn’t quite set thickly enough, so I decided to make a chocolate chip banana bread, throw in some orange curd and hope for the best.

Luckily, it turned out great! I adapted a recipe from The Goddess’s Kitchen, which already included orange zest, and ended up with a moist, dense loaf, with both the banana and orange flavours coming through equally, and the dark chocolate chunks adding a nice texture contrast (and of course essential chocolate deliciousness!)

I’m yet to find a go-to banana bread recipe, and although I don’t think this is it as I don’t normally have orange curd going spare, I might try it again just as plain banana and chocolate because the texture was spot on!

Chocolate orange banana bread (recipe adapted from The Goddess’s Kitchen)

  • 4 ripe bananas (this was about 400g for me)
  • 250g self raising flour
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 150g caster sugar
  • 100g butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp orange curd
  • 100g dark chocolate, chopped

Sift together the flour and baking powder, then add in the sugar and butter and rub until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Mash the bananas in a bowl with a fork, then mix in the eggs, vanilla, orange curd and chocolate. Pour the liquid mixture into the dry ingredients and stir until just combined.

Pour the mixture into a lined 2 lb loaf tin, then bake at 170 degrees for about an hour and 10 minutes, or until a skewer comes out clean. Leave to cool overnight if possible, then slice and serve!

I look forward to seeing what everyone else does with the chocolate-orange combo, and keep an eye out for more variations on it from me!


5 thoughts on “Chocolate orange banana bread

  1. The texture here looks wonderful and I so like the addition of orange curd. Hope you find your go to banana bread recipe, but this one sounds pretty good to me. I’ve made several banana cakes recently as I had a batch of bananas to use up and each one tasted better than the last! Thanks for your continuing participation in WSC.

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