Sunday, 13 October 2013

Banana Bread - the Double Down Version

It's a well established fact that Fondue Voodoo is a neglectful and abusive mistress of all produce. A bunch of browning bananas stranded on the kitchen counter, forgotten and overlooked is kinda status quo. Which just means that becoming an expert at making banana bread is basically a necessity. The Double down banana bread is a chocolate bread topped with a blonde bread, as such it requires that you make at least 2 loaves of the good stuff.

So tie your apron strings tight, turn up the tunes and get your ingredients lined up, you're in for a terrific ride. Thanks to Kitchen Scraps foodie guru Pierre A Lamielle, who's terrific muffin recipe is top notch and my go to for all muffins and loaves.

Get yourself ready:
You'll need 4 mixing bowls - medium size
2 loaf pans, lined with parchment paper or oiled and floured
heat the oven to 375
 I forgot to take a pic of the mixing process
so heres a cute pic of Bentley Beans

Bottom layer - Double Chocolate Banana Bread
1.5 c Flour
.5 c coco powder
2 tsp Baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Mix all the drys and set aside 

Wet ingredients
1 c yogurt
1/4 c melted butter or vegetable oil
3/4 c white sugar
1 egg beaten
pinch of salt
1 tsp vanilla 
1& 1/2 c extra ripe mashed bananas 
Mix all the wet ingredients and set aside

Top layer - Blonde Banana Bread with Strudle topping
2 c flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
3/4 cup chopped dates (could opt for nuts or raisins)
Mix all the ingredients and set aside
Banana Bread Super Star - get out there and
impress your friends

Wet Ingredients
1 c yogurt
1/4 c melted butter or vegetable oil
3/4 cup white sugar 
1 egg beaten 
1 pinch salt
1 tsp vanilla
1 and 1/2 c mashed extra ripe bananas. 
Mix all the wet ingredients and set aside 

1/3 c brown sugar
1/2 c rolled oats
1/4 c vegetable oil
mix well and set aside

how to: 
1. have your loaf pans prepped with either parchment paper (my preference) or oil and flour the insides
2. heat oven to 375 degrees
3. mix the wet and dry ingredients for the bottom double chocolate banana bread layer 
4. give the pans a little giggle to settle the batter evenly
5. quickly mix the wet and dry ingredients for the top blond banana bread layer
6. smooth the batter out with a couple of good giggles
7. sprinkle the studle topping over the loaves evenly and using 2 fingers poke the strudle down into the batter a little, this helps it adhere to the finished loaf. 
8. bake your loaves at 375 until they pass the toothpick test, approximately 50 mins. 
9. marvel at the wonders you've just created - cause baby your a banana bread superstar. 

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