Chocolate Banana Bread

If you love bananas dipped in chocolate, you will love this delectable, chocolate banana bread. It’s a fabulous quick bread recipe to have on hand during the busy Holidays when you need something delicious to bake in a pinch.  I used Rodelle European dutch process Baking Cocoa for an extra rich chocolatey flavor.  It’s always best to use the best quality cocoa you can find for the best flavor possible.  As a seasoned baker, I have trusted Rodelle for years and use the brand for all of my baking needs.  I also used Rodelle’s pure vanilla extract  in this recipe and I must say, this quick bread is packed with layers of  incredible flavor.  Its moistness comes from using very ripe bananas.  The flavor of chocolate and banana together makes it taste reminiscent of a banana split. Okay, well not really but you get my drift.  Simply divine and great for the Holidays or anytime of year.  If you are baking edible gifts this year, this recipe will put a smile on anyone’s face and can be easily packaged for gifting.  See below for examples of crafty ways to wrap a loaf to wow friends and family. Happy Baking.

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With little pieces of bananas baked into each slice, you can see and taste how moist this chocolatey bread really is.  SO good.

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For this recipe, I used Rodelle European Dutch Processed Baking Cocoa.  This has a richer, deeper chocolate flavor but if you can’t find it, you can substitute it for natural cocoa powder.

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banana bread

Adding walnuts to this quick bread will give it a delightful crunch and earthy nutty flavor.  Since we have tree nut allergies at the Bakehouse, I opted to leave them out. The flecks you see in the picture are itty bitty chunks of banana.  Pure and moist and absolutely delicious ! 

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Chocolate Banana Bread

chocolate banana bread
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If you love the taste of bananas and chocolate together, you will flip for this moist and delicious bread. Enjoy for breakfast or dessert and always use the best cocoa powder and vanilla extract. I used RODELLE for this recipe.
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Prep Time
8 min
Cook Time
50 min
Prep Time
8 min
Cook Time
50 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 3/4 cups flour
  2. 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder Dutch processed (I used Rodelle)
  3. 1 cup white sugar
  4. 1 teaspoons baking powder
  5. 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  6. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  7. 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  8. 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  9. 3 ripe bananas mashed well (about 1-1/2 cups)
  10. 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract ( I used Rodelle)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and place oven rack to middle position. Butter and flour or use baking spray with flour, the bottom and sides of a 9 x 5 x 3 inch loaf pan.
  2. In a large bowl whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In a medium bowl combine the mashed bananas, eggs, melted butter, and vanilla. With a spoon, lightly fold the wet ingredients (banana mixture) into the dry ingredients until just combined. Batter will be thick. Scrape batter into prepared pan.
  4. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 50 to 60 minutes. Place on a wire rack to cool for 20 minutes. Then remove bread from pan and finish cooling on wire rack. Can be covered and stored for a 3 days, or wrapped in cellophane and frozen for later use.
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Betty Crocker Cookie Basket Giveaway

Baking season is in full swing and if your kiddos love to help you in the kitchen, Betty Crocker wants to make their cookie baking experience a little sweeter.  I have been asked to host a Holiday baking giveaway and one lucky winner will receive a basket full of essential baking gear.  Whether you have family favorite recipes or want to use a delicious time saving mix, Betty Crocker has you covered.  With tons of kid friendly treats found on “kids christmas cookie corner” you will be inspired to get creative in the kitchen and bake delicious holiday memories.  My kids and I love to bake and decorate gingerbread men, sugar cookies, snowballs and peanut butter reindeers.  Those are our traditional cookies for the Holidays but I also like to throw in a few new recipes to tantalize their taste buds.  Trying a new recipe gets everyone pumped to taste something new that just might become a new family favorite.  I think we’ll make the melting snowman (shown below) this year to add to our cookie list. What’s even better is Betty Crocker has a variety of time saving options that will take the stress out of baking and give you extra time (and giggles) eating them.  That is afterall, the most important part of Holiday baking.  

Enter giveaway below and be sure to check out the link for Kids Christmas Cookie Corner.  Contest Closed Dec 15th, 2014

A few of my favorite things from Kids Christmas Cookie Corner

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Melting Snowman Cookies

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Snowflake Mittens

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Christmas Tree Cookie Pops

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Holiday Blossom Cookies

Enter Betty Crocker Giveaway here….

If you would like some help from Betty Crocker this Holiday baking season, enter below for your chance to win Betty Crockers cookie decorating kit.  The contents include the following items to make your cookie baking experience a breeze.

  • Kitchen tablet stand
  • Betty Crocker™ Mixing Spoon
  • Betty Crocker™ Oven Mitt
  • “Get Your Betty On” Apron
  • Gingerbread Cookie Cutter
  • Betty Crocker™ Sugar Cookie Mix
  • Betty Crocker™ Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix
  • Betty Crocker™ Whipped Vanilla Frosting
  • Betty Crocker™ Holiday Recipe Booklet 2014 – feat. The Top 10 Cookie Decorating Ideas of 2014

To enter to win this fabulous giveaway, please leave a comment and tell me what cookie recipe you will most likely try from the Betty Crocker Kids Christmas Cookie Corner page.  Be sure to tell your friends and family about the giveaway via Social Media.  Winner will be chosen at random by Random.org and announced on December 15th so hurry and enter today!

 

UPDATE:  Contest Closed.   Congratulations to Joye Hydro who was  #17 out of 25 comments.  You won the Betty Crocker Cookie Baking Basket. Enjoy!

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Cranberry Nut Bread – Grand Marnier Glaze

Cranberry nut bread is drizzled with a Grand Marnier sugar glaze and really takes this bread to the next level. I usually make THIS  recipe each year, but this year I tried something new and altered a few ingredients and added sour cream for extra moisture. It is so moist, it actually visually appears “wet” but is totally dry to the touch. That’s a super moist bread! The flecks of orange zest and tangy fresh cranberries are vibrant and tasty in each bite. If you love nuts, add walnuts to the batter with the cranberries or if you prefer to leave them out, that’s fine too. Just make sure you top your loaf with this crazy good Grand Marnier glaze. It’s simple to make and if you prefer not to use alcohol, you can swap it out for orange extract instead. The sugar glaze adds another layer of flavor and if you do use the Grand Marnier it makes it extra fancy and screams Holiday indulgence. I like to enjoy my slice of Cranberry Nut Bread with a hot cup of coffee on Christmas morning. I hope you enjoy yours too. Happy Baking!  

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See the flecks of orange zest?  It brings subtle orange flavor that is not overpowering.  The cranberries stay tart but sweeten up a bit when baked.  The two compliment each other very well and is a favorite combination of flavors at the Bakehouse.
 
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The Grand Marnier Glaze is sweet and strong adding tons of flavor to an otherwise mild flavored bread.  If you are looking for that Holiday “wow” factor, this is it!
 
cranberry nut bread-grand marnier glaze
 
So deliciously moist the bread looks wet.   Careful not to over mix or over bake or you won’t have the same results.
 
cranberry nut bread-grand marnier glaze
 
cranberry nut bread-grand marnier glaze
I used a standard bread pan for this recipe. It will make two lovely loaves.
 

Cranberry Nut Bread with Grand Marnier Glaze 

Cranberry Nut Bread with Grand Marnier Glaze
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A moist orange flavored bread with walnuts and fresh cranberries, drizzled with a homemade Grand Marnier Glaze. Simple. Delicious.
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Prep Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 cups butter, softened
  2. 1 1/2 cups sugar
  3. 4 eggs
  4. 1 cup milk
  5. 1 cup sour cream
  6. Juice and zest of one large orange
  7. 2 teaspoons orange extract
  8. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  9. 4 cups all-purpose flour
  10. 1 tablespoon baking powder
  11. 1 1/2 cups chopped fresh cranberries (sliced in half, or in fourths)
  12. 1/ 1/2 cups chopped walnuts
  13. 2 cups powdered sugar
  14. 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  15. 7 to 8 tbsp. Grand Marnier or other orange liqueur
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Butter two standard sized loaf pans (holds 5-6 cups) or use baking spray.
  2. With an electric mixer on medium speed, cream butter and sugar together in a large bowl until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add eggs one at a time, mixing well after each. Add milk, sour cream, orange juice and zest, and orange and vanilla extract; mix until blended.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour and baking powder. Add flour mixture to wet ingredients and mix until combined. Fold in cranberries and walnuts until just combined. Mixture will be lumpy. Do not overmix.
  4. Pour batter into prepared loaf pans. Bake until a toothpick inserted in centers of breads comes out clean about 50-60 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk together powdered sugar and 4 tbsp. Grand Marnier and 1 Tbsp vanilla. Glaze should have consistency of canned frosting. If it is too thick, thin with a little milk.
  6. Let loaves cool in pans for 10 minutes, then remove and transfer to a cooling rack set over a large baking sheet. With a spoon drizzle with Grand Marnier glaze and spread using the back of the spoon on the top of each loaf. The glaze will slightly harden after about 10 minutes. Let dry completely before wrapping and storing.
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Gingerbread Bundt Cake

gingerbread bundt cake

It’s the time of year when cinnamon and nutmeg dominant the kitchen.  The long list of baked goods ready to be prepared with the spices await me, but first I wanted to try a recipe for Gingerbread bundt cake that recently made the list. I have posted a Gingerbread  recipe in the past but this was for a loaf pan.  This time, I wanted something pretty.  I altered a recipe that I found on Pastry Affair and it turned out to be a winner.  The scent of this lovely gingerbread bundt cake will be permeating throughout your home while baking, bringing Holiday cheer to those who swarm the kitchen asking “what’s in the oven”?  It’s brilliantly spiced to perfection making the cake a delectable holiday treat no home should be without this Christmas.  In just under an hour you can bake and serve this cake while it’s still warm.  Some people like to enjoy their gingerbread with a dollop of fresh whipped cream, but I like a light dusting of confectioners sugar.  The sugar offsets the spicy, rich taste and adds a hint of extra sweetness to each bite.  I think I’ll enjoy my slice of heaven by the fireplace with a hot cup of honey, lemon tea.  It will be great to relax and indulge a little during such a busy time of year. I hope you set aside time to bake from scratch for your family or with your kiddos this holiday season.  It’s so important to take the time to make those memories.  My kids and I will be baking our traditional Christmas cookies this weekend…snowballs, gingerbread men, and sugar ) and we will also be decorating gingerbread houses.  I guess you can see we’ll be knee deep in sugar the next 48 hours. I love it!  Have a happy “baking” weekend! 

gingerbread bundt cake

gingerbread bundt cake

A special Reminder:  If you are still in need of a gift this Holiday for a savvy home cook, how about a copy of my new cookbook, Delicious Mornings.  You can purchase it through Amazon and get it in just a few days.  Happy Baking!

 Gingerbread bundt Cake

Gingerbread Bundt Cake
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This spicy holiday treat is great any time of year with a cup of tea. Perfectly spiced, moist and decadent.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
45 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
45 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup molasses
  2. 1 cup dark brown sugar, packed
  3. 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  4. 3 large eggs
  5. 1/2 cup sour cream
  6. 1/2 cup buttermilk
  7. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  8. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  9. 1 teaspoon ginger
  10. 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  11. 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  12. 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  13. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  14. 2 cups all-purpose flour
  15. powdered sugar for dusting, optional
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a bundt pan or use baking spray
  2. In a large mixing bowl, mix together the molasses, brown sugar, and melted butter. Add the eggs one at a time, beating on medium speed until thoroughly mixed after each addition. On low speed mix in the sour cream and buttermilk until combined. Scrape down bowl as needed. Stir in the baking soda, baking powder, spices, and salt. With a spoon, fold in the flour until just incorporated. Do not overmix.
  3. Pour batter into prepared bundt pan and bake for 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into cake comes out clean. Cool in pan for 15 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely. Dust with powdered sugar if desired.
Adapted from Pastry Affair
Adapted from Pastry Affair
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