Friday, March 23, 2012

Bourbon Chocolate Banana Bread

     I'm not sure why we even buy bunches of bananas. Almost every week we buy them, and three of four turn brown. Then, I'm forced to make banana bread. Don't get me wrong, I love banana bread, but not every week!
     Well, the same thing happened this week. I was looking for something other than banana bread to make on Pinterest. I just typed in banana, and several posts of this bourbon chocolate chip banana bread came up. Well, if so many people thought it pin-worthy, I'd better try it. I don't want to miss out on anything. Next time, I'll make something other than banana bread.
     Apparently, this is a recipe from the new Joy the Baker Cookbook . There must be some kind of link up for this or something, because all the banana breads were posted on the same day. I was not disappointed in this recipe! It was so moist and flavorful. Now, I'm glad I decided to try it. I ended up taking it to work with me. The ladies ate it up, and I didn't have any to bring back home! They all wanted the recipe. I will definitely make this again...but I might wait a little while before buying bananas again =)

2 cups flour (I used 1-3/4cups whole wheat flour)
3 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1-1/2 cups mashed bananas (about 3 bananas)
1 tsp lemon juice
3 Tbl bourbon
1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts (I left this out!)
1 cup chocolate chips

  • Preheat oven to 350*. Grease a 9x5 loaf pan.
  • Sift flour, baking powder, and salt.
  • Beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. 
  • Add eggs one at a time to butter mixture.  Add bananas, lemon juice, and bourbon. Mix well.
  • On low speed, add flour mixture.
  • Stir in chocolate chips (and nuts, if using).
  • Batter will be very thick. Spoon into prepared loaf pan.
  • Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until skewer comes out clean.
  • Remove from oven and cool about 20 minutes before turning onto wire rack to cool completely.
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