There's an old saying in baking that the ugliest fruit makes the best desserts, and I completely agree. One man's bruised banana is another man's banana bread. I like to make a loaf of this once a week so I can have a slice with my coffee in the morning or toast a slice for a simple dessert.

ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened, plus more for the pan
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, melted
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 very ripe bananas
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

directions

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan. Mix together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt in a large bowl.

2. In another bowl, cream the butter until lightened, then beat in the chocolate, eggs, bananas and vanilla. Stir in the dry ingredients just until combined; do not overbeat.

3. Pour the batter into the loaf pan and bake until a toothpick stuck into the center of the bread comes out almost clean, 50-60 minutes. Transfer the pan to a rack and cool for at least 15 minutes before unmolding.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Clarkson Potter 2006. All rights reserved.

RecID 11264

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