Desserts & Baking

Chocolate banana bread and custard

8 – 10
45 minutes
1 hour 20 minutes

What's better than banana bread? Chocolate banana bread! Award-winning pastry chef Motheba Makhetha, adapted this version from her sister's OG recipe, plus makes the most nostalgic home-made custard to go with it.

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  • 155 g cake flour
  • 16 g cornflour
  • 1 t baking powder
  • ¾ t bicarbonate of soda
  • ½ t salt
  • 35 g cocoa powder
  • 150 g sugar
  • 3 T vegetable oil
  • 56 g unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 large free-range egg
  • 1 ½ t vanilla extract
  • 3 medium banana
  • 170 g dark chocolate chips
  • For the custard:
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cups cream
  • 8 free-range egg yolks
  • 260 g caster sugar
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 2 T instant custard powder

1. Preheat the oven to 160°C. Sift all the dry ingredients together.

2. Using a stand mixer, whisk the sugar, butter and oil together until light and fluffy, then add the egg and vanilla. Stir in the bananas and chocolate chips. Fold in the dry ingredients and pour into a greased 18 - 20 cm loaf tin. Bake for 1 hour, or until a skewer comes out clean.

3. To make the custard, heat the milk and cream together in a saucepan. In a bowl, whisk together the egg yolks, sugar, vanilla and custard powder. Gradually add the hot cream to the egg mixture – don’t add it all at once or the eggs will scramble. Return to the heat and stir until the custard thickens and coats the back of the spoon. Serve the banana bread with the custard.

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Photography: Jan Ras
Videography: Romy Wilson
Food assistant: Kate Ferriera
Fashion & Homeware: Joanita Cillie

Motheba Makhetha

Recipe by: Motheba Makhetha

Motheba Makhetha is the Pastry Sous Chef at the Cape Grace hotel.. She is also the owner of Bespoke Cakery as well the 2023 Eat Out Cacao Barry Dessert Award winner.

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