Coco-Nana Bread

Life with a newborn has been challenging, to say the least. I barely have time to eat anything, let alone actually cook.  It has become essential that I have some type of bread/loaf such as this one on hand everyday so I can just slice a piece and eat it with one hand.  If not I would wither away to nothing, running on fumes.

I wanted something a bit different and this loaf fit the bill. Also, it had alot of chocolate in it, something I have grown frighteningly dependent upon lately.  Did I love this bread?  Not exactly.  But I did like it and it actually grew on me…I liked it more and more as the days went on. It is rich and dense yet very moist. And quite filling – like a meal.  And when you don’t have time to eat meals anymore you become thankful for a slice of chocolate banana bread that will fill you up and provide some comfort as well.

Here’s what you will need to make one loaf…

Recipe

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 stick unsalted butter, room temp
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs, room temp
2 ripe bananas, mashed
3/4 cup buttermilk
3 ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
Preheat oven to 350. Butter a 9 x 5 inch loaf pan and place it on an insulated baking sheet or on two regular baking sheets stacked on top of the other. (This extra insulation will keep the bottom of the bread from over baking.)

Method

Sift together the flour, cocoa, baking powder, salt and baking soda.

Working with a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment beat the butter at medium speed for about a minute, until softened. Add the sugars and beat for 2 minutes more. Add the eggs one at a time, beating for a minute after each addition. At this point, the batter may look a little curdled — it’s okay. Reduce the mixer speed to low and mix in the mashed bananas. Add the dry ingredients in 3 additions, mixing only until they disappear into the batter. Still on low speed, add the buttermilk, mixing until it is incorporated. Stir in the chopped chocolate. Scrape the batter into the pan.

Bake for 30 minutes. Cover the bread loosely with a foil tent to keep the top from getting too dark, and continue to bake for another 45 to 65 minutes or until a thin knife inserted into the center comes out clean. Transfer the pan to a rack and cool for at least 20 minutes before running a knife around the edges of the bread and unmolding. Invert and cool to room temp right side up.

Cut yourself a nice thick slice and enjoy!

Recipe courtesy Dorie Greenspan

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