Saturday, April 25, 2009

Chocolate Banana Loaf

It's a variation on my favorite chocolate pound cake recipe this time made a little bit healthy with mashed bananas. This coffeecake is filling and not too sweet so it's perfect for breakfast or afternoon tea.

Chocolate Banana Loaf

1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter
1-2/3 cups refined sugar
2 large eggs
1/3 cup fresh milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 medium-sized bananas, mashed

Streusel Topping

1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup cold butter, cubed

Preheat oven at 350°F. Grease, line and flour loaf pans.

In a bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside. Mix together milk, vanilla and mashed bananas. Set aside.

Mix all streusel topping ingredients by hand or food processor till you get coarse crumbs. Set aside.

Cream butter and sugar till light and fluffy, about 5 minutes scraping down bowl once or twice. Add eggs one at a time. At low mixer speed, alternately add flour mixture and milk-banana mixture. Scrape down bowl and mix another minute.

Transfer batter into prepared pans. Top with prepared streusel. Bake loaves for 35 to 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Makes 2- 7" x 3.5" loaves or 18 muffins

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