Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Who does not love the taste of chocolate and bananas together? This recipe is a rif off of the one my great aunt always followed from the 1967 printing of the joy of cooking for quick banana bread. In more modern palate I've added whole wheat flour, chocolate chips, and removed the lemon zest.

Last week bananas were on sale for 39 cents a pound and I bought too many. You will need 3 or 4 overripe bananas.

1 cup all purpose flour
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/3 cup shortening
2/3 cup sugar
2 eggs
3 or 4 ripe bananas
3/4 cup chocolate chips

1.Preheat oven to 350.
2.In mixer add both types of flour, and baking powder. Mix these together well or if prefer sift together these three.
3. All all the remaining ingredients except the chocolate chips. Mix until bananas well broken up and rest is mixed.
4. Add chocolate chips and mix briefly to distribute.
5. Transfer to a bread pan that you have sprayed down with Pam for baking(or have greased and floured). Smooth the top. Then my Great Aunt used to say that it would work better if you draw a banana on top so draw a banana.

See the banana swirl on top!
6. Put in 350 degree oven for 1 hour to bake. If you want to do this in mini loaf pans it will make 3 small mini loaves but will be done cooking in only 45 minutes.
Now put on some Jimmy Buffet Music as your house will now smell like bread and tropics for the next hour or more. 

7. Allow bread to cool. ( This is a hard part ) Slice and enjoy!

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