Monday, May 16, 2011

Banana Chocolate Chip Bread

Makes: 1 large & 1 small loaf

1/2 c. butter, softened
1 c. sugar
3 to 4 ripe bananas, mashed
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 c. buttermilk (see tips)
1 tsp. vanilla
2 1/2 c. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 c. mini chocolate chips

Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add bananas, eggs, buttermilk and vanilla; mix well. Sift together flour, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture and stir just until moistened. Fold in chocolate chips; pour into lightly greased 9 x 5-inch loaf pan and one small loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack.

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Tips: I love different banana bread recipes and this one from the Hawaiian cookbook intrigued me. The chocolate chips add just an extra touch of sweetness. I'm hoping I can convince my kids that this is a special treat and substitute it for cookies or ice cream at dessert time. If you don't keep buttermilk on hand, just put 1/2 teaspoon of vinegar in a measuring cup then fill with milk to the 1/2 cup line. If this isn't quite what you're looking for, check out Blueberry Banana Bread or my other Banana Bread recipe which has yogurt in it.

Recipe from From Hawaii's Kitchen: Homemade Gifts of Sweets & Treats

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