Self-Isolation Snack Game: STRONG
So, hands up if you’ve spent a good deal of your self isolation so far stress baking. Yup, I can’t seem to stay out of the kitchen. Aside from needing far more snacks than usual to bring to the office (upstairs – what a commute) to feed my coworkers (…my husband and Bungle…), at this point I’ll do pretty much anything to keep my mind off the news for ten minutes. Baking’s always been one of my favourite ways to fill a bit of free time (…and if you come out of it with something delicious to fill your stomach with then even better!) and to be honest, if doing more of that means that I emerge from self-isolation in a few months happy and healthy, then I’ll take that as a win… even if it means my jeans start feeling a bit snug.
There is absolutely nothing fancy about this Chocolate and Banana Traybake. The ingredients are minimal (you probably won’t even need to go shopping to make it), there are no special moves involved, and you can whip it up in under thirty minutes (perfect if you fancy baking a little something during your lunch break). It’s also easily adaptable; so if you fancy throwing in a blob of peanut butter, or some walnuts, or adding a sticky caramel layer (see my Banana and Caramel Upside Down Cake) – then go for it!
Chocolate and Banana Traybake
- 150g butter
- 150g milk dark chocolate (plus extra to decorate)
- 150g plain flour
- 50g caster sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 3 bananas
…That’s it! Feel free to mix things up and add some walnuts, chocolate chunks or peanut butter into the mix. 🙂
- First things first, set your oven to 180°C and line a deep, rectangular cake tin. (TIP: If you always struggle to get your baking paper to sit flat in the tin, rinse your baking paper under tap water for a couple of minutes until it becomes soft and pliable 😉 )
- To make the batter, pop the butter and chocolate in a bowl and melt them together in the microwave for about a minute. Set the bowl aside to cool.
- In a large bowl, mix together the sugar and eggs. Take one of the bananas and mash it, and then add it to the mix.
- Next, pour in the chocolate and butter mix, followed by the flour and baking powder. Stir to combine, but don’t over mix the batter.
- Pour the batter into the cake tin. Slice the two remaining bananas length-ways and arrange them on top.
- Bake for 25 minutes, then leave it to cool before decorating with chocolate and then slicing into squares to scoff. 🙂
Have a lovely weekend everyone! Stay indoors! 🙂