Double Chocolate & Whiskey Banana Bread

Double chocolate and Whiskey Banana Bread

This is my third banana bread recipe and, much like with cheesecake, I have said all that needs to be said on the general subject. However, for the benefit of those of you who are too lazy to check, I shall reiterate the main benefit of banana bread:

“As we all know, banana bread is one of those extremely useful recipes that most of us crack out when we wish to avoid waste. Indeed, for some unknown reason people often seem to be left, by the end of the week, with two or three rather brown and partially inedible bananas. It is as though they’ve read about their health benefits and have promptly forgotten their dislike for the unadulterated fruit. Still, this is a great way to use up those superfluous bananas that, in my opinion, renders the usual texture of the fruit bearable.”

Beyond frugality, there was one other characteristic I was keen to instil in this divine article; the ability to give warmth. As you might have guessed, that’s where the Irish whiskey comes in; it is a drink well known for its capacity to warm one’s cockles. Only use Irish whiskey in this recipe, since it tends to harbour a sweetness that complements desserts. Avoid Scottish whisky, for it has, in my mind, a more complex, smoky flavour and using it in such a way would be an insult both to your palette and to the whisky itself.

Double chocolate and Whiskey Banana Bread

There have rarely been cakes that deliver such satisfaction as simply as this one does; it requires only a little precision and can be whipped up in no time at all. As such, there’s very little left to say on the matter. All that is left to do is to focus one’s enjoyment on this rather spectacular cake – I think another slice is in order.

Double Chocolate & Whisky Banana Bread

Makes two 1 pound loaves

Ingredients:

• 150g dark chocolate, 50-70% cocoa

• 150g sugar

• 115g butter, salted

• 1 dessert spoon of cocoa

• 2 eggs

• 3 ripe bananas

• 75ml Irish whiskey

• A handful or raisins or sultanas

• 230g plain flour

• 1 heaped tsp baking powder

Method:

1. Soak the raisins in the whiskey for at least an hour before hands. Preheat the oven to 180C and grease two 1 pound loaf tins. Mush the bananas into a pulp with a fork.

2. Melt 50g of the chocolate and the butter in a bowl suspended above boiling water. Tip this into a bowl containing the sugar and mix together, whisking in the cocoa. Once the mixture has cooled a little beat in the eggs, bananas as well as the raisins, whiskey and the rest of the chocolate in chunks. Fold in the flour and baking powder and tip into the tins.

3. Bake at for 30 minutes, followed by 10 minutes at 150C. They are ready when they cease to make a sound or a knife comes out clean when inserted. You may serve immediately if desired.

Double chocolate and Whiskey Banana BreadDouble chocolate and Whiskey Banana Bread

Cost: I’m always in two minds whether to include the cost of bananas in banana bread, because if it wasn’t made then they’d only go to waste. However, in order to be as accurate and impartial as possible I think I must. As such, the cost of these cakes should be no more than £3.60 – a rather delicious price I think you’ll agree.

109 thoughts on “Double Chocolate & Whiskey Banana Bread

  1. christinajane

    Your bananas aren’t even brown! Gosh mine have to be almost attracting fruit flies before they go into banana bread. Love the idea of making a chocolate versian. I bet this would be wonderful lightly grilled with yoghurt and fruit too.

  2. musingmar

    What a delicious looking cake! And thank you for the tutorial on Irish vs Scottish whiskey. I’m afraid I’ve little to no experience with this libation. Hmm, time to do some field research perhaps?

  3. Karista

    The title alone made me click immediately! Divine. Thanks for the tip about the Irish whiskey as I have scottish whiskey in the cupboard. Another excuse to buy whiskey. :) So glad you’re loving Bristol. Looks like a beautiful place to live.

  4. narf77

    There are no words for this recipe…just a pure crystal clear vision…me…this bread…a glass of fine Irish malt whiskey and pure unadultarated happiness…moments like these are what makes living good! You just gave me an Anthony Bourdain moment! :)

      1. narf77

        Even I would have to make that bread last at least a few moments…several moments of unadulterated pleasure (and drunken singing like the crew on Black Books no doubt with a most Irish Lien…). A wonderful recipe and one that Anthony Bourdain would pinch in an instant and call his own :)

  5. egg me on

    You can never have too many banana bread recipes! This is for when you have those boozy chocolate cravings. Which, are probably quite often for some people.

  6. theglobalgarnishgeek

    You do such nice flavor combinations. I love banana/chocolate but the whiskey adds a great twist.

    Have fun in Bristol — a great location near some of my favorite places including Brecon Beacons, great golf and the coastal walk…..

  7. Somer

    I purposefully buy extra bananas so I can make banana bread/muffins, your double chocolate recipe is right up my alley! p.s. we all want to know what it is you actually do for work…?

  8. Susan at Savvy Single Suppers

    My extended family is going to be in need of lots of comfort food in the coming weeks dealing with a serious illness for my dad. Chocolate and booze fit into that category. I have a freezer-load of over-ripe bananas and sweet breads travel well, too. WIll fire up my oven this weekend! Thanks FF.

  9. Kimby

    You’ve elevated “recycle-the-bananas before they’re totally unsalvageable” to another level with this banana bread. (It would almost be a disservice NOT to!) I love your culinary creativity, Nick, which is why I nominated you for a Liebster Award… :)

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  11. eclectic faerie

    this looks and sounds fantastic!

    i haven’t visited in a while & you’d mentioned earlier purchasing a “good” camera… YIKES are your photos getting ever more gorgeous ~ best wishes on continued success with this beautiful food blog

  12. David

    I love both whiskey and amber rum in cakes. Cannot wait to give this one a go. At the market here on Wednesdays and Thursdays, you can often get a full tray of starting to rot bananas for 60 cents Canadian. I always like to take advantage of the discounted produce. It’s kind of my luckiness that most people will not buy a bag a fresh snow peas cause three in there look a little rotten. lol.

  13. anne

    Hi, do you think Brandy will also do the trick instead of Irish Whisky? Here in the supermarkets you can get a jar of Boerenjongens, which is basically a jar of Brandied raisins. I’ve always wanted to get a jar but didn’t think I can finish it, so if Brandy will do the trick then I have a perfect excuse to get myself some. :)

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