April 1, 2009

BanAnna Karenina

Oh, it's just a coincidence that I'm reading Anna K. at the same time I had a craving for banana bread, or should I say, banAnna bread? I spotted a bowl of chocolate chunk banana bread slices at Literati and could not resist the look of those dark chocolate chunks. Even at $2.70 for one measly slice, it was worth it. After wolfing one down, I quickly craved more, so a few days later, I made a whole loaf using three ripe bananas.

The recipe was for regular banana bread (Simply Recipes) but I added a teaspoon of cinnamon, cut the sugar in half, and added about half a cup of dark chocolate chunks. Those chocolate chunks were definitely key to this "bread", though I must give the original recipe credit for its moist texture. Adapted recipe follows.

Dark Chocolate Chunk Banana Bread
adapted from Simply Recipes
*3 ripe bananas, mashed with a fork
*1/3 cup oil
*1/2 cup brown sugar
*1 egg, beaten
*1 teaspoon vanilla
*1 teaspoon baking soda
*1 teaspoon cinnamon
*Pinch of salt
*1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
*1/2 cup dark chocolate chunks

Combine all ingredients in order and bake in loaf pan at 350° F for 1 hour. Post-stuffing your face, consider moonlighting by selling slices at $2 a pop. I'd do it myself, only I can't seem to stop stuffing my face.

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