First off, if you have followed my blog, Facebook, or Twitter for any length of time you know that I am "bakingly challenged". I tend to be a bit hit or miss when I do it. Either it is fabulous or and epic fail. So due to that I have kind of taken a step back when it comes to even trying.
Oh, don't get me wrong, I have seen tons of gorgeous baked goods that I have wanted to give a shot. I want to have those wonderful smells coming from my kitchen that only baking gives you. But there is that little nagging thought that I will just mess it up. So I don't even try.
Then the other day I was faced with 4 small over ripe bananas and a boyfriend telling me what a waste of money they were. He was going to throw them away when I stopped him.
Me - Don't throw those away
Kevin - Why? They are bad.
Me - Well......I am going to make something with them
Kevin - What?
Me - I am going to bake something
Kevin - This I gotta see
Oh ye of little faith. If you make it a challenge it is a whole different ballgame!! So off I went into my kitchen to get my bake on!
I dug around in my cookbooks, magazines, and papers, looking for a good recipe. I found this handwritten on a sheet of paper. My mom didn't cook much, but she could bake. She had a recipe for Pumpkin spice cake with a whipped cream frosting that I would kill to have again, but somehow through the years it has been lost.
So imagine how ecstatic I was to run across this! At that moment I decided it was meant to be. The baking gods were smiling on me and it was fate that dictated this chocolate chip banana bread be made! OK a little too much there? I tend to get carried away at times I know, but heck I was president of the Thespians in high school. I have drama in my blood folks.
Oh, back on track, the result of all of this drama/fate/whatever was one fabulous loaf of chocolate chip banana bread!! Moist, not too sweet. Oh my goodness I was so happy, you seriously have no idea how happy I really was. As soon as I tasted it I wanted to make more to give to everyone just to prove I can actually bake!!
I wont be making some for everyone but I might let a few people put in their request.
Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
2 cups all-purpose flour1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 pinch salt
1 cup milk chocolate chips
2 cups bananas (I used 4 small over ripe bananas)
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/4 cup milk
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In large bowl, whisk flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add the chocolate chips.
In separate bowl, combine together bananas, butter, milk and eggs; pour over flour mixture and stir just until blended. Do not over mix.
Spread in greased loaf pan. Bake in center of oven for 50 to 60 minutes or until cake tester inserted in center comes out clean.
Let cool in pan on rack for 15 minutes. Turn out onto rack; let cool completely.