For this reason Guy Fawkes is one of my favourite nights of the year – it is a fantastic excuse to get together with family and friends, eat good food and watch magical displays of fireworks in the sky.
Unfortunately for Jon and I we didn’t get to see any fireworks this year. Traditionally we would watch the display on the 5th of November that is put on by the council of our hometown, Stevenage. It’s always a fantastic show with a classic Hollywood movie sound track, fair rides, candyfloss and burger stalls.
Since moving to London we’ve discovered it’s not very common for fireworks to actually be held on fireworks night! Instead they are held either the weekend before or after. We had considered going back to Stevenage after work, and seeing the fireworks with my family, but sadly working late meant this wasn’t possible. Ironically, we ended up missing the fireworks held in Southgate on Saturday as we were back in Stevenage for the evening! So for the first time in 22 years I missed seeing a traditional firework display.
In an attempt to console ourselves Jon and I chowed down on Bonfire Banoffee Bread, complete with sparklers!
Banana and toffee is a classic combination and is reminiscent of cinder toffee that used to be eaten by children on bonfire night. The deep brown of the bread and golden toffee sauce remind me of the colours of a bonfire too, making it the perfect sweet treat to enjoy on Guy Fawkes Night.
Best served warm, this loaf will please a crowd of 8 – 12 people (depending on how generous you are with your slices) and will certainly make them toasty after being out in the cold.
- For the bread
- 225g self raising flour
- 200g caster sugar
- 25g chocolate (chopped)/chocolate chips
- 100g butter
- 450g ripe bananas
- 2 large eggs
- For the sauce
- 300ml double cream
- 85 g butter
- 100g light brown sugar
- Pre-heat the oven to gas mark 4.
- Before combining all of the ingredients, mash up the bananas in a small bowl and whisk together the eggs in another.
- In a large bowl, cream together the butter and the sugar before stirring in the mashed bananas and egg. Ensure the wet ingredients are all fully combined.
- Toss the chocolate pieces in a little flour before stirring into the wet ingredients. Lastly add in the flour.
- Try to avoid over mixing – lightly fold in the flour until it all comes together and transfer to a 1kg loaf tin lined with grease paper.
- Bake in the centre of the oven for 1hr 15mins or until the loaf is golden brown and a skewer comes out clean.
- Leave to cool slightly before turning out on to cooling rack and prepare the sauce.
- For the sauce, take a heavy bottomed sauce pan and pour in the cream, followed by the butter and sugar.
- Melt together slowly over a low heat. Allow the sauce to bubble, stirring, until it turns the colour of toffee and thick and smooth.
- Finally, pour over the warm banana bread and serve (with sparklers for some extra pizazz!)
If you don’t fancy attempting the sauce yourself (though I assure you it’s simple), then a tin of Carnation’s caramel can be heated up and drizzled over the top instead!
What did you do for Bonfire night this year? Did you get to see some fireworks? Or perhaps you did some Guy Fawkes themed baking yourself? Leave a message in the comments below.