As usual, I am always busy baking towards the end of the week, getting things prepared for my Sunday morning coffee cart. I do my best to provide different goodies every week, so I am always on the lookout for new, tasty treats to make. I already have a couple of things prepared, including a loaf of chocolate chip banana bread. I topped it with a chocolate ganache because I just hate serving “naked foods”. To me, foods just aren’t complete unless they have some kind of sauce. 🙂
Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
This is just a basic banana bread recipe with some chocolate chips mixed in. As you all know, I like stuff in my stuff.
Preheat the oven to 325* F or about 165* C.
Spray a loaf pan with cooking spray and dust it with a little flour.
2 cups or 4 ripe bananas, mashed
2 cups flour
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp banana extract or vanilla
1/2 cup or 1 stick of softened butter,
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 large eggs
about 1-1 1/2 cups chocolate chips,
Combine the dry ingredients together and mix well.
Mix the butter and sugars together, beating until creamy. Add the eggs and banana or vanilla extract, beating in between each addition. Add the mashed bananas and mix again. I used banana extract to really give it a good banana flavor.
Larry had eaten my ripe bananas that I was saving for making this bread. So since I didn’t have really ripe bananas on hand, I added a dash of cream to my bananas to help them mash a bit easier. Ordinarily, you want really ripe bananas that are soft and full of freckles.
Add the flour mixture, 1/2 at a time, mixing in between each addition. Fold in the chocolate chips.
Evenly spread the batter into your prepared loaf pan. Bake for about 1 hour, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
You can easily serve it plain if you like. You can also add chopped nuts too. Allow the cake to cool completely before removing from the pan and slicing.
Since I added chocolate chips to the batter though, I decided to top it with a chocolate ganache as well. A chocolate ganache is super easy to make. It is just equal portions of heavy whipping cream and chocolate melted together until it is smooth and creamy. Stir constantly to prevent burning.
Have a great day Everyone. Stay safe and stay well. ‘Til next time.