Saturday, May 31, 2008

Chocolate Banana Bread

Everytime go to grocery I never forget to pick bananas, love to eat .. but some time forget to eat too hehehe.. if you are like me almost every time buy bananas a few will turn brown before I get around to eating them. Instead of throwing them away simply slip them into a plastic bag and place them into the freezer until you have enough for baking.

So this time, again.. !! some of my bananas turn brown .. *hik .. :-( * so I decided to make banana bread hmm.. who's else always give me a good compliment ? my husband off course heheheh.

Here's the recipe

50 grams toasted walnuts or pecans, coarsely chopped
245 grams all-purpose flour
30 grams Dutch-processed cocoa powder
200 grams granulated white sugar
1 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
75 grams white chocolate chips
2 large egss, lightly beaten
115 grams unsalted butter, melted and cooled
3 ripe bananas ,mashed well
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C) and place oven rack to middle position. Butter and flour (or spray with a non stick vegetable/flour spray) the bottom and sides of a 9 x 5 x 3 inch (23 x 13 x 8 cm) loaf pan. Set aside.

Place the nuts on a baking sheet and bake for about 8 - 10 minutes or until lightly toasted. Let cool and then chop coarsely.

In a large bowl whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

In a medium-sized bowl combine the mashed bananas, eggs, melted butter, and vanilla.

With a rubber spatula or wooden spoon, lightly fold the wet ingredients (banana mixture) into the dry ingredients until just combined and batter is thick and chunky.

Fold in the nuts and chocolate chips. Scrape batter into prepared pan and sprinkle the top of the bread with coarse brown suggar (optional).

Bake until bread has risen and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 55 to 65 minutes. Place on a wire rack to cool and then remove the bread from the pan.

Serve warm or at room temperature.

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