Rachel's Banana Chocolate Chip Bread
Note: This recipe derives from an original recipe from Merrill Stubbs (Food52)
Makes one 2-pound loaf
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, plus more for the pan
- 3 large, ripe bananas (or 4 small ones)
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2 cups all-purpose flour (try using Cup4Cup Flour to make it Gluten-Free)
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Heat the oven to 350 degrees F, and butter a 5-by-9-inch loaf pan (or any bread pan really)
- Peel the bananas and in a large mixing bowl, mash them well with a fork. Stir in the sugar and then the egg, mixing thoroughly. Stir in the butter.
- Sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Fold the dry ingredients gently into the wet, mixing just until you no longer see any streaks of raw flour. (Do not over-mix, or the banana bread will be tough!)
- Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 45 to 55 minutes. (This timing depends on your oven and what pan you decided to use. I would start with 30 minutes and work upwards.)
- Cool in the pan on a rack for 5 minutes, and then turn out onto the rack to cool completely before slicing and serving.
Bakers Note: make sure your chocolate is fresh and not chalky. If you're not sure take a bite and see. If it's not smooth don't use it, it will only dry out your bread.
If you're feeling adventures try this Cream Cheese Frosting! Yes, this frosting goes magnificently well with the Banana Chocolate Chip Bread. Slice up a piece, warm it up in the microwave and slab some frosting on that and you got yourself CAKE! I can't take any credit for this frosting or even having the idea of putting frosting on the bread. Rob, my partner, had this crazy idea and boy was it magical!
Rob's Cream Cheese Frosting
4 ounces unsalted butter, softened
4 ounces cream cheese, softened (we used the original kind)
2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
In a large bowl, beat together the butter and cream cheese with an electric mixer. With the mixer on low speed, add the powdered sugar a cup at a time until smooth and creamy. Beat in the vanilla extract.
One recipe of the frosting will be enough (trust me) for one loaf of bread!
<3 Bake On! <3