Friday, January 14, 2011

Chocolate + Bananas = Baking Bliss

My husband eats a banana just about every day, so we buy a bunch every week and every week we inevitably get over-ripe bananas that don’t get eaten. (I personally don’t really like plain bananas and can’t digest them very well, but love and tolerate them in baked goods.) This week I had four bananas to bake with! I decided to go with the chocolate-banana flavor combination. Chocolate and bananas go so well together. I remember as kids we used to dip bananas in melted chocolate, then freeze them for an easy, healthy treat. I think you can even buy them in the freezer section of the grocery store now, already made. Up until the past few years I had never baked anything banana-chocolate before. My sister and bother-in-law raved about these banana chocolate chip muffins that they would buy from a bakery, so I decided to try it myself and was hooked. I really like to make these banana muffins and add chocolate chips to them.

I was set to try some new recipes this week and chose Aunt Mary’s Banana-Chocolate Chip Bread from allrecipes. I have an Aunt Mary, but I don’t think this is her recipe. My Aunt Mary lives in Arizona and is also a wonderful cook. The other recipe I tried was Banana Chocolate Cupcakes from Joy of Baking (one of my new favorite baking sites). The bread turned out great and the cupcakes were FANTASTIC! My husband took the majority of them to work with him and they got outstanding reviews from his coworkers. I didn’t have the ingredients to make the ganache frosting, so I chose another recipe from allrecipes called Creamy Chocolate Frosting. The cupcakes are so moist and tender and the frosting so creamy. If you have any over-ripe bananas and are wondering what to do with them, I highly recommend trying the cupcake recipe!

I give Aunt Mary’s Banana-Chocolate Chip Bread 4 stars and the Chocolate Banana Cupcakes and Frosting 5 stars (on a scale where 1 star = “What a waste of ingredients!” and 5 stars = “Yummy, yummy, joy, joy!”)

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1 comment:

  1. Yum......those cupcakes look so good. It has been far too long since I have last made cupcakes. Thanks for sharing with us on Sweet Sunday!