Thursday, November 29, 2012

Banana Bread w Chocolate Chips (or Muffins)


Banana Bread with Chocolate Chipsor  Banana-Nut Muffins

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Makes 2 Loaves or 3 dozen muffins

I combined 3 recipes to get this, and then experimented using applesauce for some of the oil.

Use more oil/less applesauce if you want a finer crumb.
Add the baking powder if you want to make muffins, omit the baking powder for banana bread.

 

4 eggs, beaten2 C sugar or rapadura brown sugar (scant)4-5 very ripe, large bananas
¾ C applesauce
¼ C canola or grapeseed oil (add more oil & less applesauce if you want, just make sure it equals 2 cups)

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1 C walnuts, chopped or broken in half by hand (have children help!J)
½ C chocolate chips, optional
(or 1 C grated chocolate for a chocolatey bread with no chips)

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2 C unbleached flour, stirred and measured2 C wholewheat pastry flour (soft white wheat)2 tsp soda1 tsp salt*(2 tsp baking powder ONLY if you are making muffins)

  1. Grease the bottom of 4 loaf pans. By not greasing the sides, the loaf will climb and rise higher. Or 3 line 3 muffin tins with paper liners.
  2. In medium bowl mix eggs and sugar thoroughly with a spoon until pale and creamy.  Add bananas and using a pastry blender (the horseshoe shaped utensil) mash bananas into pea-sized pieces. Stir in applesauce and oil.
  3. In a large bowl mix flour, soda and salt (if making muffins add baking powder). Stir well. Add banana liquid mixture to dry ingredients along with walnuts and chocolate chips.  Stir only until combined and batter looks thick and lumpy.
  4. Spoon into 4 greased (bottom only) loaf pans, or muffin tins.
  5. For LOAFS bake at 300° for 60-75 min. or until bread tests done with toothpick.  Cool 10 min; turn out onto racks to cool.
  6. For MUFFINS Bake at 375ºF for 18-20 minutes.

BANANA-COCONUT BREAD WITH MACADAMIA NUTS:
*At 350° toast 1 C flaked coconut and 1 ½ C chopped macadamia nuts on a baking sheet for about 6 min, stirring every 2 min. until golden brown.  Add this instead of walnuts to batter.

Freezing bananasput overripe bananas in zip lock bag and freeze.  Make bread when you have enough bananas in the freezer.  They are watery when thawed but just mash them up—they work great.

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