I’ve been wanting to cook up some kind of banana bread for a long time now. We have such fantastic bananas here in Samoa. It’s such an obvious thing to bake.
The catalyst was Jen’s cache of semi-sweet chocolate chips and walnuts from Trader Joe’s. Paleni also provided the secret to making super sweet banana mash which is to freeze the bananas and then let them soften up into a fermented mush.
The bread tastes as good as it looks. Here’s the recipe for anyone who wants to make it at home.
BANANA NUT CHOCOLATE CHIP BREAD
Amount Measure Ingredient — Preparation Method
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1/3 c Butter or margarine,
3/4 c Sugar
1 ea Egg
1 c Mashed banana
2 c All purpose flour
2 1/2 ts Baking powder
1/4 ts Baking soda
1/2 ts Salt
1 c Chopped pecans (or walnuts)
1/2 c Chocolate chips (or more if
1/2 c Buttermilk
Preheat oven to 350F. Cream butter and sugar. Mix in
egg and banana. Stir together flour, baking powder,
baking soda, salt, nuts and chocolate chips. Add this
mixture to creamed mixture alternately with
buttermilk. Stir until just blended. Pour batter into
a greased and floured loaf pan (9x5x3 inches). Bake
for 65 minutes, or until bread tests done. Cool in pan
for about 5 minutes, then turn out on a wire rack.
Makes 1 loaf. Source: “Muffins, Nut Breads and More”