Friday, July 19, 2013

Chocolate Swirl Cinnamon Sugar Banana Bread

Hi Everyone!
Welcome to my 989th attempt to recharge my little ol' blog! I'm hoping to really make a go of it this time, so thank you for stopping by to visit. There'll be some changes in design and content over the next couple of weeks or so as I am really hoping to make it more than just about crafting. I'd like to incorporate other things as well such as recipes, book reviews, entertainment discussions, parenting and life discussions. On the crafty side, I hope to share more than just cards and also to include tutorials for those of you who may be new to crafting.
Ok, to start off this time, I decided to share a recipe. I made this yesterday as an experiment and the entire loaf is GONE!! Obviously, I will be making it again and probably soon!

Step 1: gather your ingredients, you will need: 
2 Cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp all spice
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
2 beaten eggs
3-4 medium ripe bananas mashed
1 cup of sugar
dark chocolate ice cream topping...just a tablespoon or so for drizzling. (microwaved slightly if needed)
1/2 cup of vegetable oil
1 recipe for streusal topping 
Step 2: Preheat your oven to 350 and prepare your loaf pan with a little non stick spray and flour
Step 3: Put it all together:
Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, spices and salt in large bowl make a well in the center and set aside
In another bowl, mix eggs, bananas, sugar and oil. Then add it all at once to the flour mixture and mix gently just until it is combined. Pull and fold from the bottom to make sure you get all the flour incorporated. 
Pour about 1/2 the batter into the loaf pan and then drizzle some of the chocolate along the center and sprinkle with some cinnamon sugar. Now, at this point you could take a knife and swirl it a bit too. I didn't...but next time I will.
Pour in the rest of the batter and then drizzle a little more chocolate (don't swirl this one...) and then add your streusal topping if you want. This is optional; but makes it all so yummy! Finallly sprinkle the top liberally with cinammon sugar
Bake 55-60 minutes and then cool on wire wrack for at least 15-20 minutes before trying to remove from pan.
I will link this recipe on the recipes tab at the top of the page so you can find it again easily!

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