Every year, after a GLUT of Easter eggs and chocolates enter my house, I swear that I will NEVER again give eggs to my children. But when there is finally a change of season, and the days become a little shorter and cooler, after a long, hot summer, I am like, “Easter! EGGS! GIMME.”
And because we live somewhere where friends and family visit for a long weekend, they usually bring with them gifts of chocolate for us all – it’s inevitable. Not a bad problem to have, I suppose.
While some years I have managed to squirrel them away and eat them for my 9.05pm sugar fix for months after, I have since discovered a better way to get rid of all that chocolate: cook it! I’ve melted them down into ganaches, used them in hot cross bun bread and butter pudding, or like this recipe, thrown them into a banana bread as a treat for the kids. There is something seriously satisfying about watching one of those bunnies melt… trust me.
Banana & Easter egg bread
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 1 hr
Rest time: 10 mins
Total time: 1 hr 20 mins
- 3-4 overripe bananas, mashed
- ½ cup milk
- 2 eggs
- 50 g butter, melted
- about 200 g leftover Easter chocolate, crumbled
- 2 cups self-raising flour
- ¼ cup plain flour
- ⅔ cup firmly packed brown sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 180°C and line a loaf pan with baking paper.
- Add mashed bananas, milk, eggs, butter and chocolate to a mixing bowl.
- In another large bowl, sift flours, sugar and cinnamon together.
- Add the banana mixture into the dry ingredients and mix well. Transfer to the lined loaf pan.
- Bake for 50-60 mins until cooked through. Every oven is different, so test by inserting a skewer into the centre of the loaf – the skewer should come out with no batter on it.
- Remove bread from the oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes in the pan, before transferring to a wire rack, to cool completely.
This banana bread will keep wrapped tightly in plastic wrap in the fridge for up to 3 days, or frozen in a freezer-safe bag for up to 3 months.Beth of Baby Mac has been blogging since 2006 and made the move from the city to the country in 2010. On Baby Mac she writes about her family, life in the country, entertaining and recipes, interiors – with a good dose of humour on the side.