Loaf

Banana Bread

January 9, 2009

Im in a loaf mood right now. After my brother said I need to make another Grapefruit and Yogurt Cake for him to bring to work ( he’s an electrition and said his co-workers didn’t believe I made it.. I guess that’s a compliment) although he said he wasn’t sure I made it either. I asked him if he really questioned my baking skills..haha. So now what to do with all those rotting bananas?.. Rather than throw them away put them to good use in a yummy banana bread! This one is filled with bananas, chocolates and pecans. A grown up version of the regular old Banana bread.

This recipe comes from one of my favorite books, Joy Of Cooking 75th Anniversary Edition.

Banana Bread Recipe

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a loaf pan.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 5 1/3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  •  2 large eggs
  • 1 cup mashed very ripe bananas (about 2-3)
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
  • 1/2 cup ( or more! ) chocolate chunks or chocolate chips 
Directions:

Sift together flour, salt baking powder and baking soda in large bowl. Whisk Thoroughly. 

In a mixer, preferrably with paddle attachment, beat on high speed until butter and sugar lightened in color and texture, 2 to 3 minutes. ( If you don’t have a KitchenAid or other stand mixer, a bowl and handheld beater will do the job!)

Beat in the flour mixture until blended and the consistency of brown sugar. Gradually beat in eggs one at a time.

Fold in bananas, chocolate, and chopped walnuts or pecans until combined.

Scrape the batter into the pan and spread evenly. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 50 to 60 minutes. Let cool in the pan on a rack for 5 to 10 minutes before unmolding to cool completely on the rack.

Everytime I bake a loaf or Banana Bread, I always check it at the 45 minute mark, and then turn off the oven and allow it to continue baking for another 10 minutes or so. That way it doesn’t dry out and it slowly cooks all the way through. 

Enjoy!

**The picture came out really well, I just used four pieces of yellow construction paper and then in photoshop blurred out the lines/shadows. This is an easy way to do it if you don’t have different colored background, and are using a light box. That way you can change the color and edit it to look like one piece for different pictrures, and thus a yellow background for, well, Banana Bread of course!

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