Just as I convinced myself that baking wasn’t “my thing”, baking, sure enough, is becoming… my thing. There’s something about it that I’ve found to be a bit soothing. Just watching my mixer spin around, getting my hands sticky with flour and butter, and the sweet smells that flow out of my oven. It slows life down a bit and after being around people all day, I was in the mood to bake in silence this afternoon. Just me and the sounds in my kitchen. I’m finding it’s the perfect way to unwind – and probably expand my waistline, tee hee hee.
I decided to raid the pantry and fridge to see what I could put together. I saw I had a few pretty decently ripened bananas and immediately thought of banana bread. Because who doesn’t love a loaf of banana bread starring at them every time they enter the kitchen? Exactly. I didn’t want to do just a plain old banana bread so I did a search for a Chocolate Chip Banana Bread and found a simple but tasty sounding recipe from Epicurious.
Here’s what you need:
• 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
• 1 teaspoon baking soda
• 1 teaspoon baking powder
• 1/4 teaspoon salt
• 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
• 3/4 cup walnuts, toasted, chopped (I left these out)
• 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
• 1 cup sugar
• 2 large eggs
• 1 cup mashed ripe bananas
• 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
• 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Here’s what you do:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour a 9x5x2 1/2-inch metal loaf pan.
• Whisk first 4 ingredients in medium bowl to blend.
• Combine chocolate chips (and walnuts, if using) in a small bowl; add 1 tablespoon flour mixture and toss to coat.
• In an electric mixer, beat butter until fluffy. Gradually add sugar, beating until well blended.
• Beat eggs in 1 at a time.
• Add mashed bananas, lemon juice, and vanilla extract.
• Beat in flour mixture. (I wanted to stick my face in the mixer at this point. Mmmm, vanilla. Mmm, bananas!)
• Pour about 1/3 of the batter into the loaf pan. Sprinkle with half of the chocolate chip (and walnut) mixture. Pour an additional 1/3 of batter over. Sprinkle with remaining chip/nut mixture and top with remaining batter.
• Bake bread until a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean, about an hour. Turn out on to rack and let cool.
I’m 100% positive that this is breakfast tomorrow. Maybe just one slice. Maybe the whole loaf. We will just wait and see.
What’s your favorite thing to bake? Would looooove for you to share your favorite recipes in the comments section!