Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

I LOVE this banana bread recipe and I'm not even a big fan of banana bread.  Must be the chocolate chips.  Love me some chocolate chips! 

This banana bread is a favorite of my son, Joe.  I'm going to bake some for him tomorrow.  :)

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 overripe bananas
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips 
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans (optional)
  • Powdered sugar, for dusting

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and lightly grease a 9 by 5-inch loaf pan.
In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
Mash 2 of the bananas with a fork in a small bowl so they still have a bit of texture. With an electric stand mixer fitted with a wire whisk, whip the remaining bananas and sugar together for about 3 minutes; you want a light and fluffy banana cream. Add the melted butter, eggs, and vanilla; beat well and scrape down the sides of the bowl. Mix in the dry ingredients just until incorporated. Fold in the chocolate chips and the mashed bananas with a rubber spatula. I use the mini chocolate chips because they don't sink to the bottom.  Add the nuts (if you like nuts, totally optional).  Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan. Give the pan a good rap on the counter to get any air bubbles out.
Bake for about 1 hour and 15 minutes, until golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean. Don't get nervous if the banana bread develops a crack down the center of the loaf; that's typical.  Cool the bread in the pan for 10 minutes or so, and then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely before slicing. Toast the slices of banana bread, dust with powdered sugar, and serve.

I'm pretty sure this recipe originally came from one of Tyler Florence's shows.  I've been making it for years so it's hard to remember!  I'm also pretty sure the chocolate chips were my addition.  :)


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