This blog post was inspired by the Comic Relief Great British Bake Off. I love watching the Bake off every year anyway, whether it's comic relief or not. But, this is such a great way to get involved in cooking and baking and even to raise a bit of money for a much needed cause. Even if its not comic relief and just a charity close to your heart, it will sure make a difference to someone (or maybe just you and your appetite). I also wanted to point out that I am soooooo super excited for comic relief bake off this year as, as some of you may already know, Zoe Sugg is taking part and I am such a huge fan of her and she was basically my main inspiration to starting this blog. So, many thanks to her and make sure you tune in to BBC 1 at 8 pm next Wednesday to watch her do her stuff.
This recipe is an interpretation of the Chocolate Pear cake from the 'Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall River cottage Fruit everyday!' book. I love his recipes and have the River Cottage Veg book and it is one of those go to books for me so was very happy to receive the fruit version for Christmas. With the added banana, it is incredibly moist and delicious but has an interesting crunch with the almond flakes added. I hope you enjoy!
1. Preheat the oven to 200'C (degrees Celsius).
2. Cream together the butter and sugar until it's nice and fluffy.
3. Add one egg to the mixture and whisk in. Sift in half of all the dry ingredients and mix using a metal spoon as it will enable the mixture to keep all the air in and prevent the cake becoming too dense. Repeat this step using the second egg and the rest of the dry ingredients. Place this to the side.
5. This step is optional so feel free to leave it out if you want to: If you do want to use it though, break 1 bar of dark chocolate into small squares (I used Divine fair trade 70% dark chocolate). Add this to the mixture and mix in.
6. Using a non-stick loaf tin, scrape all the mixture into the tin and even it out so its level. Then using the extra 50 grams flaked almonds, sprinkle them onto the mixture.
8. Once cooled, now its time to put the kettle on, make yourself a cup of tea and eat a lovely slice of cake. Enjoy!
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Have a lovely evening and make sure you tuck in nicely to that scrumptious piece of cake. Enjoy!
Lots of love xx