Saturday, 21 February 2015

Banana and Coconut Chocolate Squares

It's been a little bananas around here the past couple of weeks, so just ignore the fact that the 14th Feb is a whole week in the past. This is my Valentines offering....
It's the thought that counts though, right?!

These are fudgey, moist, banana flavoured dark-chocolate squares with a bit of interest added to the texture by the coconut.
Yes, you could call them brownies - but they don't have that flakey surface that I insist on in a brownie. (Just kidding! Call them brownies if you want to!)
 But now that we're on the subject: if you want that flake, rather beat the sugar and eggs together until fluffy, then add the melted chocolate and butter followed by the rest of the ingredients. (Have I confused you?!)
And the mix would also make good  muffins.

Banana and Coconut Chocolate Squares 
Recipe by Tea, Cake and Create

Pre-heat the oven to 175'C
Grease and line a 20cm square baking pan


200g caster sugar
3 large eggs, lightly beaten
200g dark chocolate, chopped into small pieces
150g butter
100g flour
20g cocoa
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 medium ripe bananas, mashed
60g shredded coconut


Melt the chocolate together with the butter and sugar in a heavy-bottomed saucepan.

Sift the flour, cocoa and baking powder into a bowl.
Make a well in the centre and pour in the chocolate mixture, egg and vanilla.
Mix well; then mix in the banana and coconut.

Pour into the prepared pan and bake for approx. 30min - until just firm in the centre.

Remove from the oven.
 Cool in the pan.

Cut into squares and dust with icing sugar before serving.

Happy baking!


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