We love banana bread... my husband, myself, and my kids. It makes for a very happy family. Studded with chocolate chips, nuts,and coated with a chocolatey glaze, it is thoroughly swoon inducing!
This particular recipe is one I've adapted from a very old cookbook of mine, adding ideas and tweaking over the years. The result- a loaf of sweet smelling, baked yumminess.
- 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup toasted, chopped nuts (I like almonds)
- 1/2 tsp orange rind
- 2 large eggs
- 1 stick unsalted butter, melted and cooled
- *1/4 cup plain yogurt
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- *1 1/2 cups mashed bananas
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Butter and flour one 9X5 inch loaf pan.
- Sift flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt.
- Put your chocolate chips, nuts and orange rind into the flour mix, and combine.
- Using an electric mixer, beat eggs until smooth.
- Add in butter yogurt, vanilla and blend well.
- Fold in the bananas. Stir to incorporate.
- Next fold in the wet mixture into your dry mix and combine, but don't over stir.
- Spread into the prepared loaf pan.
- Bake for 50 minutes to an hour, until a toothpick inserted into the center pulls clean.
- Cool completely...if you can wait that long. Turn out on a rack. Now on to the glaze.
- Confectioner's sugar :1 cup
- Cocoa powder : 3 tbsp
- Milk: 3 tbsp
- Vanilla: 1/2 tsp
Whisk all the ingredients together to combine well. Pour over the loaf and let it set. Or you could keep it aside and each time you cut a slice, heat some of the glaze and spoon over the serving. Either way, I'm certain you will enjoy it.
* I use nonfat plain yogurt, but you could use the full fat version.
* Update- 6/2/1012- Instead of the 3/4 c of white sugar, I now put in 1/2 c white + 1/4 c dark brown sugar. It actually brings a nice depth and lends even more flavor to this already delightful loaf.
*For the best flavor, use over ripe bananas, where the skin is almost black. They tend to yield the most flavorful, consistent results.