Sunday, June 9, 2013

Dark Chocolate Banana Bread with Cayenne Recipe

 I took a good old classic Banana Bread recipe and put a spin on it up by making the bread dark chocolate and giving it a kick of cayenne.  The cayenne doesn’t hit you at first, but it kicks in a bit later and makes you think “Hmmm. What is that? My taste buds are dancing!” Does anyone else besides me get that imagery when they taste a littleheat?

  • 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate cocoa powder (Hershey’s)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cup butter, browned and cooled to room temperature
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3 ripe bananas mashed, plus 1 banana sliced for garnish
  • 1 cup plus 3/4 cup chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Butter and lightly flour a loaf pan.
In a large bowl whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and cayenne.  In a medium bowl combine the butter, eggs, and 3 smashed bananas.  Using a spatula, fold  the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until everything is wet.  Add the 1 cup of chocolate chips and mix into the batter.  Do not over mix.  Pour into the prepared loaf pan.  Top the batter with the 3/4 cup of chocolate chips and the sliced bananas.  Bake on the middle rack for 50-60 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.
Allow to cool in the loaf pan for 15 minutes before turning out onto a cooling rack to finish cooling.

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