Chocolate Banana Chiffon

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Photo taken in day light looks darker.

Recipe adapted from Barry Apek’s

Ingredients:

5 yolks
90 gm cake flour
20 gm cocoa powder
40 gm caster sugar
70 gm corn oil
130g banana puree
50g milk (add this only if yolk batter is too thick – I omitted it totally)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp salt

6 egg whites
60g caster sugar
1/4 tsp cream of tartar

Method

1. In a large mixing bowl, place yolks, oil, banana puree, milk, 40g sugar, salt and vanilla extract and use a hand whisk to whisk until combined. Sift in flour and cocoa powder and mix again until lump free and smmoth. Set aside.
2. Beat the egg white until frothy before adding the cream of tartar and continue to beat while gradually adding the 60g of sugar until a firm meringue is achieved.
3. Fold in 1/3 of the meringue using a hand whisk until fully incorporated. Add the balance in two portions and towards the end, switch to a spatula to gently scoop from the bottom of the bowl and fold up. Keep folding until no streaks of egg yolk batter can be seen.
4. Finally pour batter into a 20 cm chiffon pan. Run a skewer around the batter to break big bubbles.
5. Bake at 160C for 85-90 minutes steam bath method. Place your tube pan into a seamless pan before placing into another bigger pan filled with hot water. Temperature and baking time is a guide only, so adjust accordingly. Remove the water bath at the last 5-10 minutes of baking.
6. Once cooked, remove from oven immediately and invert to cool before unmoulding.

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