You know how you buy a bunch of bananas for the kids hoping they'll choose to eat those over the other snacks you keep on hand. And then they don't. Or you just forget that they're there. No? Well, this happens to me a LOT. I've had this Bourbon Dark Chocolate Banana Bread recipe pinned, that I found (once again) on Leite's Culinaria, on my boards for awhile with the plans to make it as soon as I had enough brown bananas to use. I finally knuckled down and made it this week. (Seriously - what part of bourbon and dark chocolate doesn't sound like the best effing thing you've ever wanted to eat?) I made a few tweaks to the original recipe which was partly because I didn't have everything, but the way it turned out was still absolutely delicious. Something I need to make again as soon as I get more bourbon and chocolate in the house.
- 2 Cups - All Purpose Flour
- 1 TBSP - Baking Powder
- 1/2 Tsp - Salt
- 1/2 Cup (1 Stick) - Salted Butter Softened (Unsalted if you prefer.)
- 1 Cup - Sugar
- 2 - Large Eggs
- 3 - Medium to Large Ripe Bananas (Mash them first if they're not super soft.)
- 1 Tsp - Lemon Juice
- 3 TBSP - Bourbon
- 3-6oz - Chopped Dark Chocolate (I used Hershey's.)
- *Optional* 1 Cup Chopped Walnuts or Pecans
- Preheat oven to 350F Degrees. Lightly grease 9x5 inch loaf pan with butter. Coat pan with flour making sure to remove any excess.
- Sift together flour, baking powder and salt in a separate bowl.
- In a mixing bowl (using a stand mixer or hand mixer) beat together butter and sugar until fully combined.
- Add in eggs one at a time beating together thoroughly each time.
- To the sugar mixture add in bananas bourbon and lemon juice. Beat on low to combine. (Mixture may look curdled which is OK.)
- Add in flour mixture to banana mixture and beat until combined.
- Fold in chocolate and nuts.
- Spoon/pour mixture into loaf pan.
- Bake on 350F Degrees for 45-60 minutes. (Skewer should come out of the center clean.)
- Allow to cool before removing and placing onto a cooling rack.
*Best if served while still warm.