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Valentine’s Day Coffee Recipes - Coffee Spiked Banana Bread

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Don’t waste time this Valentine’s Day shopping around for the usual generic gifts of no real meaning or merit. After all, everyone knows that the best Valentine’s Day ideas are those that come from the heart.

Valentine’s Day gifts for him, for her and for everyone else don’t come better than those you make yourself. It’s not to say a bag of Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee beans (the best Jamaican coffee) isn’t always welcome, but there are other ways to spoil the coffee-lover in your life.

One of which being this ridiculously simple yet decadently delicious coffee-spiked banana bread. A recipe we can’t take credit for ourselves - all kudos go to Matt Tebbutt for this one.

Here’s what you’ll need to serve up this delicious treat on Valentine’s Day:

Ingredients

  • 3 very ripe bananas, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 110g / 3¾ozcaster sugar 
  • 2 free-range eggs, beaten
  • 1 espresso shot
  • pinchnutmeg (or cinnamon)
  • pinchsalt
  • 85g / 3oz unsaltedbutter, melted, plus extra for greasing
  • 225g / 8ozself-raising flour 
  • 100g / 3½ozchocolate, broken into small pieces (optional)

Method

  1. Grease a small cake or loaf tin with butter, before heating the oven to 170° C / 338° F.
  2. Take a fork and mash the bananas in a bowl until a creamy consistency is reached.
  3. Next, stir in the coffee, the eggs, the sugar, the salt and the nutmeg. Stir vigorously until everything is fully combined.
  4. Then stir in the flour and the batter, folding gently until fully combined but without whisking too hard.
  5. Pour the mixture carefully into the cake tin and ensure it is distributed evenly.
  6. Bake for 50 minutes in the center of the oven, checking with a toothpick and allowing more time if necessary.
  7. Remove from the oven and allow five or 10 minutes to begin cooling, before transferring to a wire rack to fully cool.
  8. Serve in thick slices with the toppings of your choosing.

If the mood takes you and you feel creative this Valentine’s Day, you can swap out half of the bananas for just about any other soft mashed fruit. Mango in particular results in something quite special, as do pears and peaches.

There is also the option of using decaffeinated coffee, if you plan on sharing the leftovers with any younger members of the family.

Last up, this is a fairly simple and durable take on banana bread that freezes surprisingly well. It comes out a little on the crumbly side, but still packs a serious punch in terms of flavor.

Though it is highly unlikely you will find yourself sitting on a surplus, as it is at it is most moreish when still slightly warm from the oven!

Check out the rest of our Valentine’s Day ideas and recipes in our coffee blog. At Hayman’s online store you can buy world-famous coffees, such as the excellent Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee. Click here to order your coffee now, we offer free worldwide shipping!