January 12, 2010

Banana Bread

banana bread

I find that one can never get tired of banana bread. It's right up there with zucchini bread in terms of comfort.

(Does anyone else get thrown having to spell "zucchini" out? I have to look it up EVERY time! One "c" or two, same with the letter "n". One or two? And that silent letter "h" is annoying as well.)

I find that I always add chocolate chips to my banana bread. It feels more comforting to me plus the kids always love it. What about you? I've added a poll for fun.


Banana Bread
makes one loaf

2 large ripe bananas, mashed
1.5 cups all purpose flour
0.5 cups whole wheat flour
2 tsp baking powder
0.5 tsp baking soda
0.25 tsp salt
1/2 cup chocolate chips
2 large eggs
3/4 packed brown sugar
6 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup milk

Combine dry ingredients, flours, baking powder and soda, salt and chocolate chips in a bowl. Set aside.

In a separate bowl, mix together eggs, sugar, butter and milk. Beat until blended. Add the dry ingredients and mashed bananas, alternatively, until just blended.

Pour the batter into a prepped loaf pan (oiled and floured). Bake for about an hour at 350F until toothpick comes out clean when inserted into center.

Remove from oven onto wire rack and let cool for 5 minutes. Remove from pan and let cool completely.

Recipe adapted from: Banana-Nut Bread, Williams-Sonoma Essential of Baking


Risa said...

I've never added chocolate chips to my banana bread but I did do this chocolate marbled banana bread one time that was sooo good. I think it's a texture thing with me though, I don't like nuts in my loaves either - I'm odd like that.

Maki said...

NEVER! huh. maybe I'm an anomoly :)

I never used to like nuts in my loaves either but as I'm getting older, I'm starting to like it more. funny.

A Canadian Foodie said...

Isn't it blasphemous to add chocolate to banana bread? I mean, banana bread peanut butter sandwiches would loose their entire nutritional value with chocolate chips added, don't you think? Anyway, why mess with perfection. I love your photo!

bellavino said...

I almost always double my recipe and then add chocolate chips to half for the rest of the house and blueberries to the loaf (or mini loaf) that I plan on eating. I prefer the taste and added moisture from the berries.

Maki said...

Canadian Foodie: Blasphemous! hahaha. never. You are still getting the nutrition of the bread with a nice treat of chips. It's like the cherry on top, for me. hehe. To each her own ;)

bellavino: Oh that sounds really wonderful. I might just have to try that. I love blueberries. oh yum.

Kristina said...

I always add chocolate chips to my banana bread. If I'm making a bigger batch I add chocolate to one loaf and walnuts to the other loaf.

coffee girl said...

I have to say I like chocolate chips in my banana bread once in a while, my kids love them in all the time. (heck they would be happy with just the bag of choc chips) Nuts...yes always!

Maki said...

Kristina: I have to say that I have never just had nuts to banana bread or zucchini bread. I'm going to have to try that out too. After I try the blueberries!

coffee girl: I too am happy with just a bag of chocolate chips! I guess I'm just one of the kids too. tee hee.

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