Tuesday, January 26, 2010
TWD: Cocoa-Nana Loaf
Last week Tuesdays With Dorie made almost-candy bars and this week we pretty much made cake. The official name of the recipe is Cocoa-Nana Loaf and it is in the breakfast section of the book, but I think the amount of sugar and chocolate in it qualifies it as cake. Not that any of this stopped me from eating it for breakfast, though I had to add some Clementine oranges and yogurt (non-fat plain yogurt complements it beautifully) in order to feel okay about eating something so chocolaty before 10 AM. On day two of this bread, I decided two things: I like it better in the afternoon and also chilled, which I thought gave it a nice fudgy texture.
I made just a few little changes: I subbed in three tablespoons of yogurt for butter (I do this a lot with quick breads and happened to have a stick of butter with three tablespoons missing), reduced the white sugar by a quarter cup, and replaced ¼ of the total flour, which was two cups, used with whole wheat flour. I considered leaving out the chocolate chips since there was so much cocoa powder, but Josh voted for them and I’d specifically told him to buy them earlier that evening, so they stayed. It seemed to take forever to bake (an entire episode of “Project Runway” plus an episode of “Models of the Runway”) and I might have overdone it just a touch.
Due to the incredible easiness of this recipe, the bread was definitely worth trying (anytime I can simultaneously make dinner and mix up batter without either suffering is great) and I have enjoyed it, but next time I have aging bananas I will likely make something else. Like Dorie’s Classic Banana Bundt Cake – love that one! This recipe rated a 7 for Deliciousness and a 2 for Effort, giving it an EDR of 3.5. Many thanks to Steph of Obsessed With Baking for giving us an excuse to have chocolate for breakfast. You can find the recipe here on Steph’s site and visit the TWD blogroll to see if the other bakers enjoyed the chocolate/banana combo.