Tuesday, 5 August 2008

TWD: Black and white banana loaf


Several years ago, when I was back in business school, one of the first things that I dabbled with baking is banana bread. It was one of the first few things, besides brownies and chocolate chip cookies, that started my whole love affair of baking and dessert making. So I was genuinely excited to see this week's TWD pick and to try Dorie's variation on banana bread.

One of the obstacles of making banana bread is having ripe enough bananas in the kitchen. And we're talking super-ripe. The type that has is mottled with black spots and one you probably don't want to eat. So almost a week to the day that I was due to bake, I picked up a small bunch of bananas and set it aside on the countertop with a message to all not to eat it.

Come the weekend then, my bananas were wonderfully ripe and just perfect for whipping up this recipe. Rather than making the standard 9 by 5 inch loaf, I decided to make mini loafs, which was just as well since I got a little greedy with the chocolate flavoured batter and ended up with way more than half the batch flavoured chocolate. As such, I ended up with 6 little mini loafs and one small chocolate banana loaf.

To be frank, I wasn't a huge fan of this recipe, much preferring some of the other banana bread recipes that I've used in the past. Still M liked it, so it wasn't a total loss.

For the recipe, click here.

24 comments:

Nickki said...

Your mini loaves look great, very cute! :)

The DeLadurantey Sisters said...

Mini loaves! I love it! Great thinking!

Ashlee Wetherington said...

i like the minis! i'm sorry you weren't a big fan, i've also had better banana breads, i tweaked it quite a bit on attemp #2!

Amy said...

I love your mini banana loaves. So cute!

TeaLady said...

These look wonderfully moist. Good Job!

Melissa said...

Your loaves look great! Sorry to hear you weren't a huge fan of them... I think if I made it again I'd make a few changes myself.

rainbowbrown said...

Gotta love mini loaves. Nice job.

Christine said...

Love your mini loaves. Wish I had done that then I could have frozen them and not eaten the whole loaf!

Amy said...

Looks great!! Love the mini loaves!

-Amy
www.singforyoursupperblog.com

Passionate Baker said...

Yummm, great job!
your loaves look great!

noskos said...

I wasn't blown away by it either..The mini version looks great though!

sara said...

I feel the same way. It was a nice recipe, but I tend to prefer the original. Still, my friends enjoyed it. I made mini loaves too!

Rebecca of "Ezra Pound Cake" said...

Yeah, I thought this one was meh, too. On to the ice cream! ;)

Engineer Baker said...

The minis are too cute, and I'm sure you have a go-to banana bread recipe you can fall back on instead of this. Ice cream, anyone?

Heather B said...

cute minis! They look great!

n.o.e said...

I just look at this as a nice cake to serve with coffee or tea, not a replacement for my beloved banana bread recipe.

Nancy

Linda said...

Your mini loaves are very cute...sorry to hear that this recipe didn't work for you (it didn't work for me either).

Natalie said...

I gotta pick up some mini loaf pans. It's amazing how many gadgets and pans I decided are a "must" since joining TWD. Yours look tasty!

Mara said...

Mini loaves are so cute...I love them. Looks fabulous! I tweaked mine and we LOVED how it came out, I plan to make it again next week.

Pamela said...

I really need to get some mini loaf pans! So cute.

Roni said...

The mini loaves are so cute. Sorry you didn't like this recipe so much, but yours looks awesome anyway :)

Jules Someone said...

I'm with you on liking another recipe better. Ah well. Cute minis.

Jayne said...

Love the mini loaves. Sorry you didn't love the recipe. It's not my favorite banana bread version either, but still - fun to try. Nice job!

Natural Care said...

It was beyond my imagination that banana can be used to make tasty food like that u hv mentioned.Surely i will dabble to make it in the coming week ends.