On Saturday a group of us ran the Rock ‘n Roll Half Marathon here in DC. Post-race festivities were definitely needed, and our friend Stephanie hosted a brunch. The weather couldn’t be more perfect: sunny, warm, with a light breeze. All of us contributed to a little something, from champagne and croissants to egg dishes and french toast. Runners and non-runners enjoyed the beautiful day and the company.
One of the things we brought over was some banana bread. Sam had put it into his backpack, and carried it to the cheering locations and the finish line of the race. It survived all in once piece, and I couldn’t wait to try a bite- a great motivation when running 13.1 miles!
A couple of weeks ago I was browsing through a bookstore and recognized Homemade Life Stories, a book written by Molly Wizenberg. Her blog, Orangette, is one of the first that I had started reading about 3 years ago. I was bored during my lunch hours at work, and started browsing different blogs for new recipes, new restaurants in DC or some fashion advice (if you need some blog links check out my list of Blogs, Books & Magazines).
I was really excited about this book, and finished it rather quickly. The exciting part was that there were recipes after each chapter, which I couldn’t wait to try. Molly has a great way to pulling you into her life, explaining how each recipe ties in.
Molly notes that this banana bread freezes wonderfully, once it has fully cooled. Her original recipe called for crystallized ginger, I chose not to add this (I will next time) just so everyone could enjoy the bread during brunch- just in case we had any picky eaters. I did add more chocolate chips- who doesn’t enjoy those?
Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
Adapted from: Homemade Life Stories by Molly Wizenberg
6 tbsp salted butter
3 bananas, frozen or fresh
2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cups sugar
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups semisweet chocolate chips
In a small bowl, microwave the butter until it has melted. On a plate, microwave the bananas for 2 minutes. Peel the bananas and mash them. Alternatively, if yours aren’t frozen, then just mash them.
In a large bowl, mix together: flour, sugar and baking soda until they are well combined.
In a smaller bowl, whisk the eggs. Add in the mashed bananas, yogurt, melted butter and vanilla. Stir the mixture until everything is mixed well. Pour the banana mixture into the flour mixture, stir gently until the flour is well incorporated. The batter will be think and slightly lumpy. Then, add in the chocolate chips and stir a couple more times.
Grease a 9×5 inch bread pan with cooking spray or butter. Pour the batter into the bread pan, smooth the top.
Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Once the oven is hot, bake the bread for 50 minutes. At this point, start checking if it has cooked. If the toothpick comes out clean, you can take it out of the oven. Ours didn’t, and the top was getting darker so I covered the top with aluminum foil. I baked it for another 20 minutes, checking on the bread every 5 minutes (this will depend on your oven). Let it cool before cutting it into slices.