Sunday, May 16, 2010

Every time I arrive at my boyfriends house there are always a bunch of overripe bananas waiting for me. His whole family loves this dessert, especially his stepdad who likes to eat it dangerously hot from the oven. Banana bread is the ideal comfort food, which I prefer when mixed with chocolate chunks and walnuts. This recipe is my favourite, producing a moist interior and crusty exterior.

1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
2/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup butter (room temperature)
4-5 well ripened bananas
2 eggs
2 tbs. cream (or milk)
1 tbs. cinnamon
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/3 cup dark (70%)or semi-sweet chocolate roughly chopped
1/3 cup walnuts roughly chopped

Heat your oven to 350 degrees

Cream the butter and sugar together in a bowl
Add the eggs, cream and vanilla and whisk until everything is fully incorporated

In a separate bowl mash up the bananas using a fork or potatoe masher leaving them slightly chunky
Add the bananas to the wet ingredients

In another bowl sift your dry ingredients (flour, sugar,baking soda and powder, cinnamon and salt)

Add the dry ingredients to the wet ones in three parts while folding the batter (this will keep your bread light and fluffy)
Make sure not to over mix the ingredients
Before folding the last amount add your chocolate and walnuts
Fold until everything is mixed together

Take a knob of butter and coat your pan fully (you can also use cooking spray, parchment paper or vegetable oil to keep your bread from sticking to the pan)
Fill the pan with your batter
Place at the centre of your oven for 45-50 minutes
It is done when the house smells of bananas or when your skewer comes out clean
Take out of the oven and cool for 30 minutes
Serve with a cool glass of milk

Yields: 6-8

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