TWD: Cocoa-Nana Bread

Yummy, yummy. This is definitely yummy. Mine was too dry, but I guarantee that was my fault. You see, I opened the oven at the earlier scale of the 70-75 minutes, in fact I checked it at 65 minutes, and then baked the full 75. At 65 minutes, I inserted a knife into the center and it came out with what I thought was wet batter. I should have known better, I’m sure now it was melted chocolate.

Oh well, it still had an awesome flavor, and just look at how beautiful it is!

ANOTHER DELICIOUS IDEA >>  Starbuck's Hot Cocoa Chocolate Chip Muffins

This recipe is a winner. The banana is more of an aftertaste than anything, but it’s still a great addition. Some of the other TWD bakers subbed the bananas with applesauce, and I think someone else tried pears! I’m sure they were all good. The bananas are second stage, it’s the cocoa and the chocolate that gets the spotlight in this recipe.

I even topped mine with a little peanut butter and tried some Nutella on another slice. If I hadn’t overbaked it, this would not have been necessary. :)

ANOTHER DELICIOUS IDEA >>  Deep Dark Chocolate Cake

To get the recipe, check out our host this week, Steph of Obsessed with Baking. Or if you have the book, Baking From My Home to Yours, turn to page 46.

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  1. Susan says

    I think we are sisters in baking. :) I checked my bread at about 60 minutes, got a wetish looking knife. Baked for another 10 minutes and the bread was over baked!! Good, but a bit dry. That's at least the second time we have had almost identical results! Crazy. Bread looks good though. :)

  2. margot says

    Amanda, I think I did exactly the same thing! I thought it took an exceptionally long time to bake. Yours looks fantastic, regardless.

  3. Rachelle @ "Mommy? I'm Hungry!" says

    Well it looks good, and with those toppings, mmm! I may be baking this tomorrow, last minute.

  4. Mags says

    I've done the overbaking thing many times too. It's always more difficult to tell when chocolate is involved.

    It looks heavenly though!

  5. Katrina says

    Yours is the first I've looked at and I'm at least happy to know the muffins I made with this look just like the bread! I thought my muffins were a little dry, too! I think this could have used more banana, but I'm crazy that way! ;)

  6. Gabe's Girl says

    Smart toppings! I love it. It was a beautiful dense bread, wasn't it? I also have trouble figuring out melted chocolate and wet batter. This time, I decided melted chocolate right away. I did not want to overdo it. I got lucky! Beautiful work.

  7. Gracie says

    Gosh…your loaf looks a lot like mine! The funny thing is, I thought the same thing when I tested the doneness.
    Thanks for sharing!

  8. Teanna says

    You read my MIND with this bread! I was going to top it with nutella and peanut butter, but I ended up making these as brownies instead. And… well… I try not to keep Nutella in the house because I will exist off of nothing but Nutella in the house for weeks. It's not pretty. The bread looks great!

  9. LDH says

    Oh, the slice with peanut butter on it makes me want to head to the pantry right now and slather some on a piece! This recipe improves with age. I sliced and froze some and my family loves it.

  10. Kayte says

    Thanks for the tip re the melted chocolate being runny and making it difficult to tell if something is done…I never thought of that before. I learn something new over here every time! Your photos look really good, are you sure this wasn't the biggest hit ever???

  11. Erin@The Sweet Life says

    This was delicious. And oh mercy goodness…you added peanutbutter and Nutella on top?! I'll have to try that!

  12. TeaLady says

    Ditto on the overbaking. Mine was awfully dense. Yours, on the other hand, has great texture.

    Eating with PB. That would help a lot.

  13. mike says

    Wow… that looks really good – and I agree, the banana played second fiddle to the chocolate – nothing wrong with that! Nicely done!

  14. jillbert says

    It looks extra good with the PB and Nutella on top! I've had the same issue testing for doneness when there are chocolate chunks inside – I end up poking it a whole bunch of times and still wonder whether it's done!

  15. Sesi says

    I baked muffins instead of an entire bread, and added some rum. Do not add the rum, as it does not blend well with the chocolate. The density and moistness was perfect though, I will definitely try this one out again, but without the rum.

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