May 13, 2011

{Awesome} Banana Bread

Finally, (I know, it took forever) here is my {awesome} banana bread recipe. Complete with walnuts AND dark chocolate chips. Those of you that know me (like in person) know that this is my trademark yummiest bread recipe.
So here's what you need:
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour {sift before measuring}
2/3 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 mashed RIPE, {see photo below} medium bananas
1/3 cup margarine
2 tablespoons milk
2 eggs
1/4 cup chopped walnuts (optional of course)
1/4 {give or take} cup dark chocolate; to make it more of a dessert bread {I actually prefer it without the chocolate but the hubby LOVES it so I make it that way because I LOVE him}

Now let me first say that the key is to SIFTSift as if your life depended on it. And if you don't have a sifter... buy one! Not only do you need to sift the individual cups of flour BEFORE you measure them, but you also need to sift the flour a second time along with the dry ingredients. 
So now that you're in on my little secret and sift is your new favorite word... on to the instructions:

Combine 1 cup sifted flour and all dry ingredients using a sifter.
Add mashed banana, margarine and milk.
Beat with electric mixer until blended.
Add eggs and remaining sifted flour and beat until blended.
Stir in nuts and chocolate.
Pour batter in a greased and floured loaf pan(s); note: Use margarine to grease the pan then tap flour evening around the pan removing all excess.
Bake in the center of a 350 degree F oven for 55-60 minutes. For this batch I used mini loaf pans and baked them for about 35 minutes at the same temperature.
How you know it's done?
1. the top cracks {and}
2. a toothpick inserted in the middle of the loaf comes out clean.

So there you have it. The awesomest banana bread ever! If you decide to bake some for yourself please let me know how you like {love} it and if you made any changes to the recipe how did it turn out?
{these bananas are in a much better place now}
xoxo

18 comments:

  1. OMGoodness. I wish I was your neighbor because I would totally be over there eating all your bread =)

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  2. going to try this one. and going to buy me a sifter because right now i use my pasta drainer as a sifter. and that just ain't working. so i fore-go the sifting and end up with a rock hard cake.so yes.SIFT people!
    :)

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  3. I agree - sift sift sift! People underestimate the power of sifting. Looks fairly similar to my recipe. Have you ever tried using real buttah instead of oil & water - I mean, margarine? Yum, Yum, Yum. :-)

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  4. oh my goodness!!! with dark choc? yum!! xx

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  5. Looks like blogger's little mishap restored the post but killed the comments everyone wrote. Sorry if your comment has disappeared. :(

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  6. oh my gosh...YUM! i wanna make this and smear it with butter..

    http://bottleblack.blogspot.com

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  7. yay! I have bananas that are very ripe...now I know what I'm doing with them!

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  8. This banana bread looks wonderful. I love that you add walnuts and chocolate chips in it! Really awesome! :) Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful weekend!

    Amy
    http://utry.it

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  9. Yum! Don't you love being able to use old bananas!

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  10. Mmm, going to have to try this :) We buy a LOT of bananas every week, and I always freeze some for pancakes, or muffins or some other application.

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  11. We make a gluten free version...and always with dark chocolate! Yummmmmm!

    Xo,
    Linsey

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  12. Ok that looks delicious! I will definitely be making some as soon as I've got RIPE bananas!

    xoxo
    Janee
    yellowbirdyellowbeard.blogspot.com

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  13. Oh my gosh! This looks so delicious!

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  14. Uhhh. This looks AMAZING. And you take AWESOME pictures! Such an eye for the camera :D Can't wait to try!

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  15. Ok my three bananas are on top of the fridge ripening :) I'll let you know when I make this delicious bread!

    xoxo
    Janee

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  16. So I was going to take a photo of the bread to show you... but it was gone before I could get to my camera. I'm not joking. We had some guys over for game night and it was gone instantly. Thanks for the recipe! I cooked it just a couple minutes too long but other than that it was heaven! And I sifted just like you said too :)

    xoxo
    Janee

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