Black banana cake

Black banana cake

Want to know how to use up overripe bananas? Nigel Slater’s chocolate chip banana bread recipe is just the ticket.



  1. Preheat the oven to 170C/150C Fan/Gas 3. Line the base and sides of a 20x12cm/8x5in loaf tin with baking paper.

  2. Beat the butter and sugars until light and coffee coloured. This is best achieved in a food mixer.

  3. Toast the hazelnuts, rub them in a tea towel to remove their skins, then grind quite finely. Slowly add the eggs to the butter and sugar mixture, then mix in the toasted ground hazelnuts and self-raising flour.

  4. Peel the bananas and chop them into small pieces. Gently fold the vanilla extract, bananas and chocolate chips into the cake mixture, turning gently and taking care not to overmix.

  5. Scoop the cake batter into the prepared loaf tin. Dust with a little demerara sugar. Bake for between 1 hour and 1 hour 10 minutes, covering the cake with foil if the top starts to darken too quickly.