Another mouthwatering recipe from the Watermill: Tam’s banana loaf

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Picture Lara Breckon

Our erstwhile ‘Man Friday’ Tam Shepherd, who worked at the Watermill from May to July 2017, was a wow with our guests, not only for his cheerful personality and hard work, but also for the delicious cake he baked for us each week.

We’ve added it to the mouth-watering Watermill recipes that you can find on our Watermill Friends page (along with painting, writing, knitting and yoga tips and exclusive offers). You can become a Friend (it’s free!) by clicking here and registering.

Tam’s banana, hazelnut and dark chocolate loaf

  • 175g light brown sugar
  • 175g self-raising flour
  • 175g softened butter
  • 2 free range eggs
  • 75g chopped hazelnuts
  • 100g dark chocolate
  • drop of vanilla extract
  • 2 ripe bananas, riper the better
  • pinch of Demerara sugar

The Watermill at Posara for painting, sculpting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language and yoga, holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.Preheat the oven to 170°C and line the base and sides of a 20cm x 12cm loaf tin with baking parchment.

Beat the sugar and butter together until light coffee colour, then slowly add the eggs; this is best done using a hand whizzer.

Mix in the hazelnuts and flour.

Chop the bananas into small pieces and break up the chocolate using a food processor to leave you with some finely ground but mostly small bits; you don’t want many larger chunks (alternatively you can use chocolate chips).

Fold both in with the vanilla extract (careful not to over mix) and spoon into the tin. Sprinkle a small amount of Demerara sugar on top and bake for between an hour to an hour and 10 minutes (cover with foil if top starts to darken too quickly).

Once out the oven, let cool before cutting and serve with a cup of tea or coffee!

The Watermill at Posara for painting, sculpting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language and yoga, holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.

Picture: Lydia Breckon

 

Comments

  1. Cecile Kemp says:

    Looks deliciously yummy, I have a slab of dark Lindt chocolate, going to make a loaf! Thanks for the recipe, greetings from a cold and very windy Johannesburg.

    • I hope you enjoy it Cecile. Thanks for your continuing support of the Watermill. We hope we may welcome you here again sometime soon! With warm regards Bill

  2. Nina Boyd says:

    Tam was a sweetheart!

    • He’ll be pleased to hear it! Thanks for your support of the Watermill, Nina. We hope we may welcome you here again sometime soon! With warm regards Bill

  3. Betty Chamberlain says:

    This is so nice to give us Tams recipe.. Tam will do well in life with his lovely personality. I have such wonderful memories of the first week of June spent at The Watermill. I miss everything about it…the humour of Bill, the good coffee, the lemon chello, the bread and the cheese, the ladies…just the art part did not work out.

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