Double Chocolate Banana Bread… And Some News Too

double chocolate banana bread recipe

These days, for some strange reason, I have been craving chocolate like never before. Maybe I am just trying to find energy in all the possible places. Maybe January does this to me. Maybe it’s just hormones that are playing games with me these days (8 months preggers, have I mentioned? Oh, yes… Sorry for being so quiet about it for so long.). 🙂 Well, who knows… Maybe it’s all combined.

So, given the fact stated above, I knew my fate was sealed the moment I saw a recipe for Double Chocolate Banana Bread.

Double Chocolate Banana Bread?

Can a recipe possibly sound any more tempting and delicious?

Without any hesitation I gave this thing a try and what I realized was that I have never ever tasted a banana bread so good and my place has never been filled with a better scent than the one that was coming out of the oven while this chocolatey miracle was baking. Absolutely heartwarmingly amazing!

This recipe is really gorgeous and if you are into chocolate, you must, must, must give it a try…

Enjoy!

With lots of love,
Petra

(This recipe was adapted from www.smittenkitchen.com.)

Double Chocolate Banana Bread
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Serves: 1 loaf
 
Ingredients
  • 3 bananas (very ripe)
  • ½ cup (115 grams) unsalted butter, melted
  • ¾ cup (145 grams) brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup (125 grams) all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup (45 grams) cocoa powder, sifted
  • 1 cup (170 grams) semisweet or bittersweet chocolate chunks or chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 °F (175 °C).
  2. Butter a 9Ă—5-inch (1.9 l) loaf pan or spray it with a nonstick baking spray.
  3. In a larger bowl, mash the bananas.
  4. Whisk in the melted butter, then whisk in the sugar, egg and the vanilla extract.
  5. Place the baking soda, salt, cinnamon, flour and cocoa powder in a sifter or fine-mesh strainer and sift over the wet ingredients.
  6. Stir the dry and wet ingredients until just combined.
  7. Stir in the chocolate chunks or chips.
  8. Pour into the prepared loaf pan.
  9. Bake for 55 to 65 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out batter-free.
  10. Cool in pan for 10 to 15 minutes, then run a knife around the edge and invert it out onto a cooling rack.
  11. Serve warm or at room temperature.
  12. Enjoy!

 

Polka Dot Cheesecake

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I am very happy to introduce to you the newest addition to my cheesecake collection.

It’s a Polka Dot Cheesecake!

Isn’t it like the most adorable idea ever?

And besides that, it really is a gorgeous treat – the texture is just perfect and the flavor is out-of-this-world delicious. Yummy!

If you’d like to make your own polka dot cheesecake, then I sure have all the necessary details for you…

 

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This is what we need.

 
 

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1. To begin, preheat the oven to 300 °F (150 °C).

2. Grease an 8-inch (20 cm) springform pan and line it with parchment paper.

3. In a small bowl, combine the graham crumbs, sugar (2 tbsp), cocoa…

14 Recipe Ideas For Valentine’s Day

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With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, things are getting a little serious here in this little household of mine.

The Day of Love is the Day of Love… and the Day of Love needs to be celebrated. Amen.

I prepared a yummy dessert full of chocolate today. Because Valentine’s Day and chocolate are meant for each other, right? My dessert needs a little time to firm up in the fridge before I will be able to show it to you in its full glory. And before that happens, I thought I might share a few cooking and baking Valentine’s Day ideas from my archives…

Sooo, fasten your seatbelts, I’d love to offer you…

 
 

cheesecake stuffed strawberries recipe

1. Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries.

 
 

chocolate pancake cake recipe

2. Chocolate Pancake Cake.

 
 

chicken with heavenly paprika and cream sauce recipe

3. Chicken With Heavenly Paprika And Cream Sauce.

 
 

chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream frosting recipe

4. Chocolate Cake With Chocolate Buttercream Frosting.

 
 

fried ice cream recipe

5. Fried Ice Cream.

 
 

delicious brownies recipe

6. Delicious Brownies.
 
 

scrambled egg muffins recipe

7. Scrambled Egg Muffins.

 
 

individual peanut butter pies recipe

8. Individual Peanut Butter Pies.

 
 

chocolate covered frozen banana bites recipe

9. Frozen Chocolate Covered Banana Bites.

 
 

simple chicken soup with carrot hearts

10. Simple Chicken Soup With Carrot Hearts.
 
 

molten lava cakes recipe

11. Molten Lava Cakes.

 
 

heavenly berry parfaits

12. Heavenly Berry Parfaits.

 
 

chocolate silk pie recipe

13. Chocolate Silk Pie.

 
 

strawberry swirl cheesecake cupcakes recipe

14. Strawberry Swirl Cheesecake Cupcakes.

Enjoy!

And have a sweet day!

Love,
Petra

 

Hot Cocoa Marshmallow Cookies

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‘Tis the season to be jolly… and to make cookies, of course!

Yippee!

If you are looking for some new cookie ideas for this year’s Christmas, then I’d like to introduce this recipe to you.

I love it. And I think you’ll like it too.

Prepare for the things to be gorgeous and heavenly. Because we are going to make cookies that are not only filled with a lot of chocolate, there’s some more of the chocolate deliciousness added in the end and it is all topped with irresistible marshmallows… and what else? … even more chocolate, naturally.

They taste simply awesome!

 

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Here’s what we need.

 

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And this is the story…

1. To make the batter, first melt the chocolate (6.5 oz/180 grams) and butter. I’d put these ingredients in a metal bowl a placed the bowl over a pot of boiling water. The steam melted the ingredients slowly and gradually. Also, the mixture needs to be stirred quite often.

When melted, remove the pot from heat and leave the bowl placed over the pot.

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