Banana Bread

banana bread-6I love banana bread, and I find it even better loaded with nuts and chocolate. I find the concept of ‘load breads’ a bit funny – after moving to the US I was surprised to see the various breads at Starbucks and other places. I would call all those loaf cakes, and this is definitely a sweet cake.

I have adapted some recipes to make it my way, and I think this is pretty good. I wish it had a little more banana flavor, but I think it might be hard without artificial banana flavor. My husband claims that the chocolate masks the banana flavor, but that it is an excellent chocolate-nut cake. You can definitely add less chocolate or nuts if you want.

It is best with very, very ripe bananas. If they are not as ripe as you like, you can nuke them a bit in the microwave to make them soft. I was thinking if I could find some other ways of enhancing the banana flavor (maybe bake them first?), maybe next time.

Ingredients:

  • 1 3/4 cup all purpose flour (400 ml)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar (160 ml)
  • 1/3 cup butter, soft (38 g)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1-2 cup very ripe bananas, mashed. About 3 bananas. (200-450 m1)
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (120 ml)
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips (180 ml)

Method:

1. Preheat the oven to 250 F (180 C) , and grease a loaf tin. Mix together the sugar, flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda.

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2. Mix in the eggs, mashed bananas and softened butter. Beat together, either with an electric mixer or by hand – if you do it by hand keep mixing until the butter is not lumpy.

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3. Add the nuts and chocolate chips and mix well.

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4. Pour the batter into your prepared tin, and bake for about min or until nice and brown. Let cool on a rack for a bit, them take out of the tin to cool completely. You can eat it while it is still a little warm, but the chocolate will be a bit messy.

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5 thoughts on “Banana Bread

  1. Min erfaring fra banankager er at lidt mindre modne bananer faktisk giver mere banansag end de meget modne. Og måske skal du bruge hakket mørk chokolade i stedet for chips 😉 (det kan jeg i hvert fald bedre lide)

    • Jeg har nogen gode chips her, som smager som moerk chokolade – ellers kan det hurtigt blive for soedt.
      Hvordan faar du most mindre modne bananer? Bruger du en blender el lign?

      • Det er nok den intense chokoladesmag fra dine gode chokochips (60% kakao) der overdøver banansmagen. Jeg har lige bagt efter din opskrift. (Og med “dine” chips, som jeg købte sidst vi var hos dig). Uhm, kagen var lækker. Jeg synes den var mere luftig end Starbucks. Jeg vil nok også prøve den uden choko.

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