Banana and pecan fudge loaf…

What do you get if you cross a deliciously moist banana bread recipe with a bag of chewy toffees?…a gooey, moist banana and pecan fudge loaf…that’s what!…

I was drawn to this delicious sounding recipe whilst flicking through my ‘Good Food 101 Teatime treats’ book, a veritable goldmine of baking porn.

To make it you’ll need…

150g chewy toffees (recipe called for Werther’s Original chewy toffees but I just used Sainsburys own brand)

2 ripe bananas, mashed (about 200g peeled weight)

2 eggs, beaten

100g butter, melted

100g toffee yoghurt

100g light muscovado sugar

200g self-raising flour

½ tsp baking powder

100g pecan halves, roughly chopped

Preheat the oven to 160 degrees and line a 2lb loaf tin or if you’re lucky like me and have a little silicone number then just get it out of the cupboard in readiness.

Chop the toffees into small chunks. The recipe suggested using wetted scissors but as these are another thing that I need to add to my kitchen essentials shopping list, I just used a sharp knife to chop my toffee, with only a few floor casualties.

Mix the bananas, eggs, butter, toffee yoghurt and sugar together well.

Sift the flour and baking powder into the bowl and fold in. Add ¾ of the pecan nuts and ½ the chopped toffees and stir before piling the mixture into the tin. Finally sprinkle over the remaining nuts and toffee…so wrong it’s right…

Pop in the oven for 50-55 minutes. I highly recommend standing your loaf tin on a baking tray as this cake has a tendency to erupt everywhere et voila…

Although my loaf had risen perfectly and was springy I found it quite difficult to decide whether it was totally ready due to the vast amount of volcanic toffee pockets throughout! I stuck to 55 minutes and it was cooked but extremely moist inside and would maybe have benefited from a couple more minutes.

Once out of the oven you have to withstand the torture of letting it cool in the tin before you’re allowed to have a taste. It made my whole house smell divine and drew a steady stream of housemates to the kitchen in search of tasty treats…

Owing to the moistness of the loaf it wasn’t the easiest of cakes to cut neatly but to be honest I don’t think anyone minded as it was demolished pretty promptly. I think it was always going to be a winner…I’m already a big fan of banana bread but have never in my life added toffees to a cake…but there’s a first time for everything and now I fear there is no going back!

I think photo’s, however rudimentary, say it all…

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