Friday, July 25, 2014

Double Chocolate Banana Bread via the Smitten Kitchen

Still on the hunt for soft foods, today I decided to try out Smitten Kitchen's Double Chocolate Banana Bread. If you haven't tried recipes from Smitten Kitchen, you should definitely try one out soon. They are so delicious. I haven't made one that I've been unhappy about. This one is no exception. The richness of this chocolate bread is amazing. You feel like you're eating dessert, but not because it's so sugary; rather, it's due to the double dose of chocolate you get in this bread. It has beautiful flavor with the banana in the background sending its unique sweetness through the quick bread.

Double Chocolate Banana Bread via the Smitten Kitchen
3 medium ripe bananas
1/2 cup butter, melted
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon table salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup all-purpose flour or whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 cup semisweet or bittersweet chocolate chunks or chips

1. Heat your oven to 350°F. Butter a 9×5-inch loaf pan, or spray it with a nonstick baking spray.

2. Mash bananas in the bottom of a large bowl. Whisk in melted butter, then brown sugar, egg, and vanilla. Place baking soda, salt, cinnamon, flour and cocoa powder in a sifter or fine-mesh strainer and sift over wet ingredients. Stir dry and wet ingredients until just combined. Stir in chocolate chunks or chips.

3. Pour into prepared pan and bake 55 to 65 minutes, until a tester or toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out batter-free. Cool in pan for 10 to 15 minutes, then run a knife around the edge and invert it out onto a cooling rack. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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