Saturday, August 28, 2010

Chocolate Banana Bread

Does anyone ever make banana bread on purpose?

I would honestly like to know the answer to this question. If I could have it my way, I would lock a hundred people in a room and force them to answer. They would be forced to smell cinnamon buns without being able to eat them until they spoke up.

It seems to me that banana bread often comes as a consequence to buying too many bananas, or letting them sit for too long without eating them. One morning, you wake up and notice those bananas over there are...well, going bananas. Time for banana bread!
If you agree with this, you'll also agree that's not really a bad thing at all. Banana bread is a wonderfully versatile creature: it can be enjoyed for breakfast, a snack or for dessert. Add chocolate to the mix and you've got yourself a pretty nice combination. 

To take the banana bread experience to its fullest, I obviously only had one egg left. I started a scavenger hunt aroud my kitchen (which, I'll admit took about thrity seconds given its size) and got some ingredients together. Somehow, I ended up with banana bread. 

The good part is that I ended up with banana bread everyone at work seemed to like. Thanks, bananas, for becoming so ripe all of a sudden!

Chocolate Banana Bread
makes one large loaf

2 c. all-purpose flour
1/3 c. brown sugar
1/4 c. granulated sugar
1/2 TS salt
1 TS baking soda
3 very ripe bananas, mashed
1/4 c. vegetable oil
1 egg
1/2 c. sour cream, low or whole fat
1 TS vanilla extract
100g / 3.5 oz semisweet chocolate, melted and cooled

Preheat oven to 350°F / 180°C.

In a medium bowl, mix mashed bananas, sour cream, oil, vanilla and egg together.

In a large bowl, whisk flour, sugars, salt and baking soda together. Delicately incorporate wet ingredients into flour mixture. Stir until combined; do not overmix.

Pour into a greased or non-stick loaf pan.

Bake 40 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean. Invert onto a rack and let cool before slicing.
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Eleni said...

i've never even heard of chocolate banana bread before...sounds yummy!

claudia said...

banana and chocolate, sounds like a winning combination!

Paris Pastry said...

No, I have never made a banana bread on purpose. Or anything with bananas for that matter! I love that you made a chocolate banana bread; very intriging

Emily said...

You are absolutely right about banana bread. I had never thought about that. :)

This looks incredible!

grace said...

'They would be forced to smell cinnamon buns without being able to eat them until they spoke up.'--most intense torture idea ever.

great bread, lucie--i love the chocolate twist!

Mary said...

Lucie, this looks wonderful. I love the combination of chocolate and bananas so your recipe has really caught my eye. I can imagine how good this must be to taste. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

Barbara said...

I must confess, Lucie, I only make banana bread when I have some really ripe leftover bananas! (which I have right now) Love the idea of chocolate....

(Thank you again for your visitandine post which I loved. And no, my family doesn't partake in a formal tea very often...mostly when we travel.
I love these sweet breads for coffees mid-morning, because I seem to have a lot of meetings in my home. Your loaf would be perfect!)

Juliana said...

Luci, your banana bread with chocolate looks delicious, I never had banana bread with it is time to try :-)