Tuesday, December 23, 2008

TFF - Sexy Chocolate Banana Bread

Chef Tyler Florence, from the Food Network, makes some pretty appetizing-looking food. I believe in giving people a fair chance, so decided to try out a recipe or two from his cookbook "Tyler's Ultimate". Let start off easy. Nothing easier than banana bread. But I hadn't made it with chocolate before ... why Tyler, you naughty thing! You've got me right where you want me!

This also happens to be my first submission to Tyler Florence Fridays! I'm very excited to be participating in this group - mmmmmmm, I see a lot of yummy deliciousness coming my way in the near future!

Chocolate Banana Bread (adapted from "Tyler's Ultimate: Brilliant Simple Food to Make Any Time")

2 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
4 oz. bittersweet chocolate, melted
2 eggs
1-1/3 cups mashed very ripe bananas (about 3 bananas)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Heat oven to 350. Butter 9×5 inch loaf pan. Whisk flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, and salt in large bowl. Beat butter in large bowl on medium speed until lightened. Beat in chocolate, eggs, bananas, and vanilla at low speed. Stir in flour mixture just until combined. Resulting in a fluffy, chocolatey goo.

Pour into pan. Bake 45 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out almost clean. Not completely clean, mind you, because that just means your bread is too dry!

Cool on wire rack 15 minutes. Remove from pan; cool completely.

Oh lord. Help me. That smell of freshly baked chocolate and banana bread that perfumes the whole house is giving me goosebumps! There it is folks. The finished loaf. Look at the chocolatey earth peeping through those cracks. Makes me wish for a world where the soil was made of chocolate!

Seeeeee the little nuggets of chocolate and bananas?

Ladies & gents, this bread is a winner. Denser than a cake, but lighter than a brownie, and moist. So moist. Makes me want to be a better person ... so in that spirit, I am off to share a few slices with my friendly neighbor. She has NO idea how lucky she is.

Oh Ozzy, my love ... if only chocolate wasn't a complete no-no for cats, I'd have given you a piece.


Anonymous said...

PS....add office desk and computer screen to list of items covered in drool!!
PPS...as mention on FB...im moving in....

Doppelganger said...

Duh! ok, I don't usually do idiotic things like miss that there is a place to leave comments on the blog. But now that I know...here goes:

Yayy for chocolate banana bread! :D I think this could be a recipe I try on my hubby. He's a fan of bananas and I've been gradually seducing him to the side of chocolate-lovers, so this might do the trick! And this could be a perfect way for me to get my daily intake of bananas disguised in chocolatey goodness. So Muneeba to the rescue! thanks for the recipe! I'll let you know how it turned out when i try it.

Muneeba said...

Doppelganger, all I can say is that this recipe did it for my DH too ... and hez not gung-ho on chocolate either. He had it everyday after lunch till it was all gone! So good luck with it & let me know how it goes.

Amna, yes .. move in!! You & I can concoct all sorts of goodies together!

Madeline said...

Oh yes, chocolate and banana, a perfect combination. I haven't tried too many of Tyler's recipes but the few I have tried turned out very good. Happy New Year!

Anonymous said...

Oooohhh! Thanks for helping me figure out how to use up those sad looking brown bananas on the hook! Perfect! Can't wait to try it! I love Tyler!

Muneeba said...

My own opinion of Tyler went up quite a few notches after this choco-banana bread recipe! Madeline, you must let me know which other recipes of his you've tried out! Are they on your blog? (great job with that by the way!)
Christine, once you try this recipe, you're going to wish you had rotten bananas lying around your house all the time! ;)

NKP said...

I love banana bread - this one looks so moist and tender and delicious!

Anonymous said...

i really like your style of writing. :) yes, banana and chocolate bread is totally awesome. so is tyler, i just love him. :)

Deb in Hawaii said...

Yum, bananas and chocolate--a perfect pairing! Welcome to Tyler Florence Fridays!



Donna-FFW said...

I love the thohught of this. Chocolate banana bread. OMG, I am soo bookmarking this to try. It sounds fabulous. I adore Tyler Florence also!!!I want a piece like, right nw with my coffee!!!

Joey Joe said...

I finally made this banana bread and it was great! I added some chocolate chips and some peanut butter, and it needed extra time to cook, but it was really good! Thanks for the tip!

Muneeba said...

Yayyyy Joe! Doesn't that bread smell AWESOME when it's baking?! Bet it drove your neighbors crazy with hunger pangs. The choco chips & peanut butter you added - match made in heaven!