Why is it that whenever I’m craving something, I never seem to have the goods in the house to make it?
That was my issue earlier today. I really wanted to make this bread, but alas…no bananas. So I hopped on the internet and started poking around for some other delicious something that sounded good enough to replace it. Nothing. Out came the cookbooks, magazines and recipe box. Each one only served to make my craving stronger, until I was seriously contemplating trying the banana bread without the bananas. But then it would just be…bread. Chocolate chip bread, to be sure, but it’s likely that it just wouldn’t have turned out quite the same.
It was the refrigerator that was opened next, but since yours truly missed grocery shopping last week due to a seriously nasty bout of the stomach flu, it was depressingly empty. Turning to the freezer, my hopes dashed and expectations low, I slowly opened it, only to find…
I had completely forgotten that I had tried a suggestion from a friend to freeze overripe bananas to use for things like Chocolate Chip Banana Bread! Oh, happy day!! I set them on the counter, along with the butter and eggs for the recipe, and happily went about my day.
Now, the bananas hadn’t looked too appetizing to begin with. But now they were completely black, wrinkled and you could tell they were mushy just from looking at them. I’m pretty wierd about food anyway, and although I’ll eat just about anything, if it’s past it’s prime even just a hint, I won’t go near it. I’m not one of those people who can just cut the mold off the cheese and move on.
But I really wanted to make this bread.
So I soldiered up and got to work. And the bananas, while they looked and felt disgusting, smelled great. They heebed me out a little when I put added them to the batter, but it was a very small price to pay. The jury is still out on whether or not I’ll freeze bananas again, but it saved me this time, so who knows?
killer chocolate chip banana bread
- 2 cups flour
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 cup mashed ripe banana (about 3 small)
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup chocolate chips
Preheat your oven to 350 and grease a loaf pan (preferably glass, but whatever you have will do).
Mix together all the dry ingredients. Add the butter, eggs and bananas. Notice how mushy my bananas are? I didn’t mash them; they went straight from the peel to the bowl.
BTW…if your bananas are ripe enough, even if they’re still semi-firm, don’t bother mashing them with a fork – just add them directly to your bowl; if you’re using a mixer, they’ll get incorporated nicely without the extra work.
Mix it all up on a medium-ish speed…and add the chips.
Voila! You’re ready to pour it into your greased pan.
Bake at 350 for an hour or so.
And I have to say, it was worth it all just to have a slice of this killer bread. I hope you enjoy it, too!