June 8, 2010

My 100th Post - Choco Banana Loaf

After 4 months of blogging, I have reached another benchmark of completing 100 posts. I'm really happy and feel super good.I get thrilled to the core when my friends (lot of newbie's) call me after trying out recipes from my blog. When people talk about something you do.. it really makes you feel so happy and it pushes you to do more. I also owe a big thanks to my blogger friends as they are a great source of encouragement to me.Thanks to All !!!!.

Today I wanted to share some recipe which I personally like and love to prepare whenever I get a chance.


Banana Bread is one of my favorites, I had already tried out the plain version check here for the same.I wanted to bake something slightly different and got this recipe from Joy of Baking. It tasted so good and it is a real feast for chocolate lovers. The original recipe called for Dutch Processes Cocoa powder but I used Unsweetened Cocoa powder Usage of the dutch processed enhances color and flavor it seems. Need to use it the next time.My loaf tasted so good and I loved it.



Dry Ingredients

 All purpose flour - 1 3/4 cup
White granulated sugar- 1 cup
Baking Powder - 1 tsp
Baking Soda - 1/4 tsp
Dutch Processed Cocoa Powder - 1/4 cup
Salt - 1/4 tsp

Wet Ingredients

Vanilla Extract - 1 tsp
Eggs - 2 no
Unsalted Butter - 1/2 cup
Ripe Bananas - 3 no

Nuts and Topping

Pecans - 1/2 cup
Chocolate Chips - 1/2 cup
Brown Sugar - 2 tbsp

Method
  • Preheat oven to 350 F and place the rack in middle of the oven.
  • Butter the loaf pan and dust it with a little all purpose flour and set aside.
  • Place the pecans on a baking sheet and bake for about 8 min and coarsely chop them. If they are already chopped toast for about 4 min.
  • Melt and cool the butter.
  • In a large bowl, Mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cocoa powder and set aside.
  • In another bowl, add eggs and slightly beat them.
  • Add the cooled butter, vanilla extract, mashed bananas to the egg and mix well.
  • Now carefully fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients using a wooden spatula.
  • Fold the nuts and chocolate chips into the batter.
  • Do not over mix. Just mix until the flour is moistened. Over mixing leads to rough and rubbery bread.The batter should be thick and chunky.
  • Scrape the batter into the loaf pan,sprinkle brown sugar on top.
  • Bake for about 55 - 65 min.
  • Check if a tooth pick comes out clean to make sure the bread is done.Serve Warm

My Notes

Place on a wire rack to cool and then remove the bread from pan. This is done to improve air circulation at the bottom of the pan so that the bread does not get soggy. All the ingredients mentioned above will yield a bread of 9*5*3 size. Pecans can be replaced by walnuts.

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18 comments:

Oh wow 4 months n 100 posts...I took me almost 2 years :)...loaf looks so perfect

Congrats on your milestone Shabitha..$ months and 100 posts thats an achievement..Great going..

Choco banan loaf looks delish...Looks perfectly done

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Kairali sisters

Congrats Dear..Choco Banana Loaf looks so perfect..yummy..love to see lot more recipes from you..

Congrats dearie on ur 100th post....keep rocking!!!!
Loaf looks so perfect and yummy!!

Congrats and I wish you and your blog to celebrate such many more milestones.

Congrats Shabitha, keep rocking gal..loaf looks soft, delicious and baked perfectly..

100 posts in 4 months wow thats amazing well done.Cake looks rich and moist.

Congrats Shabitha on your 100th post. May many many more such hundred come and we get to taste wonderful recipes from you. Absolutely delicious looking loaf dear :)

Congrats on ur 100th post Shabitha.. Also the choco-banana loaf looks delicious..

Shabitha,, congrats on ur 100th post dear,,loaf looks perfect i like the choco u added in banana loaf sure it taste very good.

Shabitha,, congrats on ur 100th post dear,,loaf looks perfect i like the choco u added in banana loaf sure it taste very good.

Congrats on the mile stone, happy blogging.
This Banana loaf luks awesome, good way to celebrate the occasion.

Congrats Shabitha! Choco Banana loaf looks yummy!

Congrats dear for reaching 100th post, banana loaf looks soft and delicious.....

Hi Shabitha,
I am able to view the images. Not able to see the headers only. Did yo have the same prob? How did you resolve it?

Congrats on your 100th post..loaf looks really yummy would go perfect with a cuppa...

looks perfect!nice blog u have...congrats on ur 100th post

Century in 4 months, cool way 2 go!

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