Chocolate Banana Bread - sliceToday I decided to turn my regular Banana Bread into a delicious cake like creation, and the results were quite rewarding.

I was convinced that adding some chocolate to the recipe, will enhance the texture and flavor of my Banana Bread, and topping it off with a creamy chocolate glaze, will make it that much more decadent.

After all, how can anything chocolate, not taste great!

I am sure all the chocolate lovers will agree with me on this one.

The total baking time took a little longer than I expected, but once the bread looked done (springing back up when lightly tapped), I was happy with the results.

Dark and White Chocolate morsels topping Dark and White Chocolate morsels topping - close up

Dark and White Chocolate morsels, melting on top of the baked cake, to form a creamy topping.

Chocolate Banana Bread with chocolate topping

Creamy Chocolate glaze on this Chocolate Banana Bread, is indeed the “Icing on the Cake”.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tbs. Vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup milk (whole of low fat)
  • 2 large, very ripe bananas, peeled and mashed
  • 2 cups cake flour (Softasilk)
  • 1/2 cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 cup dark chocolate morsels

Chocolate Glaze Ingredients (optional)

  • 1/2 cup white chocolate morsels
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate moresels

Directions:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat the white and brown sugar with the eggs, until a thick creamy mixture forms.
  2. Add Vanilla extract, melted butter, salt, milk and sour cream.
  3. Add mashed bananas.
  4. Mix, to blend in well.
  5. In a medium bowl, mix the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and cocoa.
  6. Gradually add to the egg mixture, mixing continuously on medium speed, until smooth batter is formed.
  7. Fold in 1 cup of dark chocolate morsels.
  8. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  9. Grease a loaf pan with vegetable shortening (Crisco), flour lightly bottom and sides.
  10. Pour the cake batter into the pan.
  11. Bake on the middle oven rack for 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in the middle, comes out clean.
  12. I lightly tapped the top of the bread, and once it was springing back, I knew it was fully baked.
  13. Remove from the oven, and cool in the pan for 5 minutes.
  14. Remove from the pan onto a wire rack (see TIP below), and gently arrange the remaining dark and white chocolate morsels on top of the loaf.
  15. Leave them on until melted enough for easy spreading all over the top of the bread, to form a creamy chocolate glaze.
  16. Cool off completely before slicing.

Keep at room temperature for serving, or cover loosely with foil, and refrigerate for later use.

Enjoy.

TIP: For easier chocolate glaze preparation, you may prepare a “paper lift” to remove the bread from the pan. Place a large enough sheet of wax paper or aluminum foil, in the pan, so it extends a few inches above the long pan sides.  Place the cake back in the pan, on top of the paper lift.  Arrange the chocolates morsels all over the bread as stated in the directions.  Once the topping sets, you can lift out the bread from the pan, by grabbing both sides of the extended paper, and pulling it upwards, to lift it out of the pan.

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4 Responses

  1. Diana

    September 14th, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    1

    WOW this looks and sounds sooo good! I actually just made banana bread for the first time…EVER! It turned out really good and made the house smell amazing!!

  2. Diana

    September 14th, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    2

    PS How are you my sweet SG? I miss you!

  3. Suburban Grandma

    September 15th, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    3

    Congratulations!!
    I bet this is just the beginning of your culinary creations!!

  4. Suburban Grandma

    September 15th, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    4

    Oh…aren’t you such a darling young lady. Thank you so much for asking. I have been very busy with work, the grandchildren, gardening, cooking, baking, crocheting…etc. I hardly ever watch TV, but I do read blogs and try to post regularly on my blog. I love to leave comments, but sometimes there just isn’t enough time….sigh…


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