Rediscovering the Joy of Cooking

August 11, 2008

Black and White Banana Bread

Filed under: bread, dessert, Tuesdays with Dorie — Emily @ 6:29 am

Another recipe from Dorie Greenspan. While this recipe was good—and very moist. I much prefer my mom’s banana bread with chocolate chips. I think I might use this banana bread recipe sometime and put chocolate chips in instead. My husband, on the other hand, would rather see plain banana bread—he doesn’t like “mix ins” like nuts or chocolate.

Black and White Banana Bread


1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

1 1/2 ripe bananas, peeled

Squirt of fresh lemon juice

Grated zest of 1/2 lemon

1 tablespoon dark rum (omitted because I didn’t have it)

3 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped

1 stick plus 2 tablespoons (10 tablespoons) unsalted butter, at room temperature

2/3 cup packed light brown sugar

1/3 cup sugar

4 large eggs

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1/2 cup whole milk

Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Butter an 8 1/2-x-4 1/2-x2 1/2-inch loaf pan, dust the insides with flour and tap out the excess. Place the pan on an insulated baking sheet or on two regular baking sheets stacked one on top of the other.

Whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt and nutmeg.

In a small bowl, mash the bananas with the lemon juice and zest, then stir in the rum.

Melt the chocolate and 2 tablespoons of the butter together in a microwave oven or in a heatproof bowl set over a saucepan of gently simmering water.

Working with a stand mixer, preferably fitted with a paddle attachment, or with a hand mixer in a large bowl, beat the remaining stick of butter at medium speed until creamy, about 3 minutes. Add the sugars and beat for another 2 to 3 minutes, until light and smooth. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition, then beat in the vanilla. The batter will look curdled, and it will continue to look curdled as you add ingredients. Reduce the mixer speed to low and add half the flour mixture, mixing only until it is just incorporated. With the mixer running, pour in the milk, and when it is blended, add the remaining dry ingredients. Scrape down the bowl and mix in the mashed bananas. The batter will look even lumpier.

Pour a little less than half the batter into the bowl with the melted chocolate and stir to blend. Drop alternating spoonfuls of both batters into the prepared pan, then, using a table knife, swirl the batters together, taking care not to overdo it.

Bake for 1 hour and 20 to 30 minutes, or until a knife inserted deep into the center of the cake comes out clean. Check after 30 minutes and if the cakes starts to brown too much, cover it loosely with a foil tent. Transfer the cake to a cooling rack and let it rest for about 15 minutes before unmolding, then cool the cake to room temperature right side up on the rack.

Serving: Makes about 8 servings. This cake is good cut thick or thin, served plain or with some ice ceam. It’s very good with coffee or tea and especially good with chocolate milk, hot or cold.

Storing: Wrapped in plastic wrap, the cake will keep for 4 to 5 days at room temperature, wrapped airtight, it will keep for up to 2 months in the freezer.

Playing Around: If you’d like to add a little more texture to the cake as well as another flavor, add 1/3 cup chopped toasted pecans to either of the batters.

Source: Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan



  1. It looks great and moist! I’ll need to make this soon…

    Comment by joelen — August 11, 2008 @ 1:27 pm

  2. That looks great. You’ll have to post your mom’s chocolate chip banana bread one day. It sounds delish!

    Comment by Maryanna — August 13, 2008 @ 3:37 am

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