Yesterday morning, little suspecting the day I would have, I took a gander at our deeply spotted bananas, and decided that it was high time to make Claudia’s (of Cook Eat Fret) chocolate chip banana bread (which, indeed, is the best banana bread ev-uh, times infinity). Curly, as it happens, adores banana breads. But since most banana breads involve nuts of some sort, they have been verboten to her. And without nuts? They taste…. like there’s a key ingredient missing. When I am successful with a recipe, I will tinker with it to get it just so. But when it doesn’t work (particularly if it involves baking)? I lack the patience to futz around and sort out how to (sorry, not trying to imitate the wonderful Tim Gunn) make it work. So after skipping nuts in banana bread and finding it was... meh, I stopped bothering to make it.
However, a while back, I noticed a post by Claudia, who writes the terrific Cook Eat Fret. At the time, I was in the throes of getting ready to leave for Rome, but the use of chocolate chips caught my attention. As I mentioned, I finally made it yesterday morning. And yesterday afternoon, after my wee car crash, I came home and, er, ate a third of the loaf. As if I’d been raised by wolves. It was a little embarrassing. Imagine a cartoon of Homer Simpson stress-eating over the sink, crumbs flying willy nilly, snorting sounds and all. Give him dark, wavy hair, and presto! you have an image of what I probably looked like. However, yesterday afternoon (for the kids’ snack) and again this morning (for their breakfast), the bread was sliced up and served and the stub that is now left is much more presentable (if much smaller) than the tattered remains of yesterday.
I highly recommend this bread. The use of some whole wheat flour gives a nice, nutty roundness to the overall flavor. The chocolate fills the role of contrasting to the banana flavor beautifully, and, in fact, far better than nuts do. And the handiness of a single bowl is not to be overestimated. So when you have spotty bananas, give it a go. Just skip the part of being involved in a car crash and learning about surgeries, however minor, for your loved ones.