Sunday, April 10, 2011

Wondering how to make banana bread even better?

I spotted an attractive slice of chocolate cherry banana bread at the cash register while indulging in a rainy day latte the other day. It haunted me for days and I decided to try and make my own. Banana bread is good enough on its own, but adding chocolate chips and dried cherries makes it absolutely marvelous.

Banana Cherry Chocolate Chip Bread
4 overly ripe bananas
2 cups flour
¾ cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
¼ cup milk
½ cup vanilla yogurt
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
½ cup dried cherries, chopped
½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter metal loaf pan (9-by-5-by-3-inch).
In a bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg and salt and stir or whisk to blend. In another bowl, combine bananas, milk, yogurt, vanilla and almond extracts and egg. Pour batter into bowl with dry ingredients and fold together until combined. Stir in cherries and chocolate chips.
Pour mixture into greased loaf pan and bake 70-80 minutes, until toasty brown and a wooden skewer comes out clean. Remove from oven and cool completely. Slice and enjoy.

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