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!