Banana Brownies

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Hello lovely people!

I do hope you’ve had a restful Sunday.

We are couch-ridden as we’ve gorged on roast lamb with all the trimmings and these rather splendid Banana Brownies.

This feast was shared with some old college friends, Mark and Little Ed ( so-called as Mr Love is known as Big Ed ) – now I come to think of it we’ve known them for 18 years! Holy Crapola! When the heckins did that happen? Please don’t call the Cliche Police, but it feels like only yesterday that we were all stumbling about The Union together, pints were a £1 so there was A LOT of stumbling.

I feel super grateful that we are still friends after all this time! I tend to show such gratitude by stuffing loved ones faces full of cake. They don’t seem to mind.

Now, these Banana Brownies have been a long time in the making. I’ve been tweaking and fiddling with this recipe for a while and finally I’ve arrived at a really gorgeous brownie that is mouth fillingly moist but light at the same time with a really banana-ry chocolate hit. I’m thrilled to pass it on to all you lovely lot, in the happy thought that maybe you will bake a batch for your chums – new or old. I promise they’ll feel the love in every beautiful bite.

Banana Brownies

200 g Light Brown Sugar
100 g unsalted butter , diced
75g salted butter, diced
175g dark chocolate
100 g plain flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
3 Medium eggs , beaten
200g medium ripe banana ( about 2 medium sized ), mashed ( I like to leave a few lumps to have bananer-y chunks in the brownie )
1 tsp vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract
2 tbsp cocoa ( I used Green & Blacks )
100g Pecans, chopped

Preheat oven to 180C.

Grease and line a 30x20cm tin.

Slowly melt the sugar, chocolate and butter in a saucepan over a low heat. Leave to cool slightly.

Sift the flour, cocoa and baking powder into a bowl. Add the chocolate mix, eggs, vanilla and bananas and stir to just combine. Finally, stir through the chopped pecans.

Pour into the tin and bake for 25-30 minutes until just firm in the centre. Cool in the tin, then turn out and cut into pieces.

Happy Baking!

Love Lemony x

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