4.30.2010

#75) Chocolate Swirl Banana Bread


I went out to a "girls' night" last weekend and thought it would be nice to add a sweet treat to the finger food menu... I had loads of bananas in the kitchen, and a couple handfulls of different kinds of chocolate chips kicking around... Well, what goes better together than banana and chocolate?

The banana bread was good, but I like a nice dense banana bread so to improve I would add another banana next time around. Also, the recipe I tweaked said to use all the batter in one loaf pan, but it was a lot of batter so I divided it into two loaf pans and got two nice loaves.

(PS - please forgive the poor photo, but souRIRE photography wasn't visiting last weekend)

I've got a few more bananas to use up this weekend... any suggestions for a banana sweet treat you'd like to see here?

Ingredients:

2 cups flour
1/4 cup sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
pinch of salt
1 cup chocolate chips + extra for the top(I used a mixture of white and mini semi-sweet)
2 cups ripe banana (about 4 bananas)
1/2 cup melted butter
1/4 cup (soy) milk
2 eggs

Steps:

-Preheat oven to 350ºF. Prepare 2 loaf pans with spray oil.

-In a large bowl, stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and chocolate chips. Set aside.

-In another bowl, mix together bananas, butter, milk, and eggs. Pour over flour mixture and stir just until combined.

-Divide between two loaf pans.

-Sprinkle additional chocolate chips on top (up to you how much!)

-Put loaves in the oven for 3 minutes. Remove and run a butter knife through each loaf lengthwise and widthwise to swirl the chocolate. (I used a "sawing" motion so I didn't drag the batter all over the place)

-Return loaves to oven and bake for another 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

-Let cool completely before slicing.

11 comments:

  1. I just made this and it's awesome! :mm:

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  2. Looks good. I love a swirl in my bread.

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  3. Looks awesome Dani. If you are still looking for banana recipes, Ina Garten has a banana nut crunch muffin recipe on food net.com that I absolutely love. You should check it out.

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  4. thanks peabody... it was a nice change :)

    eliana I am gonna have to keep that one in mind for next time... sounds delish :)

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  5. Hi Dani

    Unfortunately I have some sad news about Rosie from Baking Cakes Galore, Rosie passed away yesterday. I have written up a tribute to her on my blog and I am asking everyone who knew her if they would please take some time to leave a comment. I will be printing off all the comments to pass onto her husband.

    Thanks
    Maria
    x

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  6. That banana cake looks so good!

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  7. thanks kevin! banana is one of my fave ingredients, and this is one of the best ways i have used it :)

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  8. I just made this and it turned out so, so good! Thanks!!
    -Kaye

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  9. thanks for sharing kaye! glad u liked it :)

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  10. This Chocolate Swirl Banana Bread looks great! I think this would please everyone around the table.

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  11. thanks chef basket :) it was a nice spin on one of my fave treats!

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