Chestnut Banana Bread

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Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas to me without a lot of recipes with chestnut on the table.

I have a home-made chestnut cream that I did last week, so I decided to bake my regular banana cake recipe and add it to it, the results were simple and delicious.

I know this recipe is a keeper and definitely worth to share with you.

Chestnut Banana Bread

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose-flour, sifted
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, diced
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 3 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 small mashed ripe bananas
  • 3 tablespoons chestnut cream
  • ¼ cup milk

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C / 350°F. Grease a 9×5-inch loaf pan.
  1. In a large bowl combine flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  2. Beat butter and sugar until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla, continue beating about 3 minutes.
  3. Add bananas followed by chestnut cream and beat until combined.
  4. Gradually add dry ingredients; flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
  5. Beat in milk.
  6. Pour batter into pan and bake for 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the bread comes out clean.
  7. Allow bread to cool for 10 minutes, then turn it out and let it cool completely on a wire rack.
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WARNING!!! Contains Inappropriate Photos!

Banoffee Pie is one of my favorite sweets! Full of all things naughty, banoffee pie tastes amazing.

But before I pass you the recipe, I’d like to apologize to all those who are on a strict diet, to all those who are trying hard to fit in a smaller size of jeans, to chicks aiming for a flat belly this summer, to all my friends who are in the middle of their Vela Smooth sessions and to all those who are cutting on carbs. For all the rest, I hope you try this British classic dessert cause it’s irresistible! 🙂

I admit it’s a sweet dessert, a little bit too sweet than other desserts, the reason why I prefer to do it in a small glass /verrines and to decorate it with dark chocolate.

Banoffee stands for Banana+toffee, these 2 ingredients must have exchanged vows once upon time …and I lived happily ever after.

Banoffee Pie Verrine Style

Ingredients

  • For the base: 60g butter, melted
  • 250g digestive bicuits
  • For the caramel: 100g butter
  • 100g brown sugar
  • 1 can of Condensed Milk
  • For the topping: 4 bananas, sliced
  • Cocoa Powder, to dust
  • Chocolate curls, to decorate
  • Whipping Cream (optional)

Preparation

  1. Place the biscuits in a plastic bag and crush using a rolling pin. Transfer to a bowl and add the melted butter and stir. Divide the mixture into 12 small glasses and press into an even layer. Chill the base while you make the filling.
  2. In a non-stick saucepan place the butter and sugar. When the butter melts and the sugar dissolves add the condensed milk and stir continuously. Bring gently to the boil. As soon as it thickens, remove from heat and allow to cool.
  3. Spread the caramel on the biscuit base evenly and chill for about 1 hour or until firm.
  4. Slice the bananas, dust liberally with cocoa powder and layer over the caramel. Finish with whipping cream and some grated chocolate. Serve.

Banoffee MilkShake

My baby girl is also a foodie and loves playing “restaurant” insisting on serving me real food that she can prepare alone. A Banoffee Shake is a gem on Kaia’s list, because she knows I love bananas and (almost) doesn’t require any of my assistance to make it.

It’s simple, sweet and refreshing! Cheers:)

Kids and Family Version

Ingredients

  • 2 ripe bananas, peeled and sliced
  • 250ml / 1 cup milk
  • 2 scoops vanilla fudge or caramel ice cream
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp honey (optional)
  • Grated chocolate and banana slices, to decorate

Preparation

1-    Place in the blender bananas, milk, ice cream and lemon juice.

2-    Process for 30 seconds or until smooth.

3-    Sweeten with honey if desired.

4-    Pour into glasses and decorate with grated chocolate and banana slices.

Alcoholic Version

Ingredients

  • 2 ripe bananas, peeled and sliced
  • 250ml / 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp banana liquor
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • Grated chocolate and banana slices, to decorate

Preparation

1-    Place in the blender bananas, yogurt, ice cubes, sugar, liquor and lemon juice.

2-    Process until smooth and creamy.

3-    Pour into glasses and decorate with grated chocolate and banana slices.

P.S. The riper the fruit is, the sweeter the taste.