Decadent “Oh My Goodness” Banana and Dark Chocolate Bread

I use the word “bread” loosely when talking about this rich, chocolatey bread filled with banana goodness. It hardly needs no backstory other than chocolate makes everything better.

To make one loaf, you’ll need:

2 medium-sized very ripe bananas, mashed
1/4 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 eggs
1/2 cup canola oil
2 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated white sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 cup dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips

Method:

In a large mixing bowl, combine the wet ingredients (bananas, sour cream, vanilla, and oil) and mix with whisk or hand mixer until smooth. (As you can see from this photo, we were quadrupling this recipe. My dad loves this stuff!)

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Then, except for the chocolate chips, add the dry ingredients. Mix again until fully incorporated. Finally, add the chocolate chips. Mix these in with a spatula as they seem to get stuck in the whisk or beaters and it drives me bananas. (Ooooh, that was bad.)

Put the batter in a greased 9″x5″ loaf pan and bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes. Check the center with a toothpick. If it comes out clean, remove from the oven and let cool on a wire rack.

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I love to grill a nice, fat slice of this bread in a skillet with a bit of salted butter. The caramelization and bit of salt really rock the party!

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Craft Beer and Gourmet Chocolate at McK’s in Daytona Beach

I’m not going to say nobody has ever done this before, but this was my first time for sure. My friend Kristen and I went to our local Irish pub to get some tasty brews to pair with some equally tasty, locally made chocolates. I’m fairly adept at pairing wine with foods based on flavor profiles, so I decided it would be fun to do it with chocolate and beer. In a nutshell, it was AMAZING!
Some very unexpected favors came through, but all of them were good.

Here’s what we tried…

Abita Purple Haze Lager & Dark Chocolate Raspberry Cream Truffle
Abita Purple Haze Lager & Dark Chocolate Enrobed Candied Orange Peel

Lazy Magnolia Southern Pecan Ale & Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel
Lazy Magnolia Southern Pecan Ale & Dark Chocolate Candied Ginger

Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout & Dark Chocolate Champagne Truffle
Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout & Dark Chocolate Ganache Truffle

We moved from light and fruity to more dark and heavy combinations. And, over all, the most interesting mentionable point about our epicurious adventure was that the Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout & Dark Chocolate Champagne Truffle combo left a root beer taste on our tongues.

This was a spectacular Wednesday night. And perhaps someday we will move past dark chocolate, but it’s not likely.

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