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Sometimes Perfection Just Needs to be Messed With:Chocolate Squared Banana Bread

One heaping cup of excellent quality unsweetened cocoa powder, three-fourths of a cup of bittersweet (70%) chocolate chips and two very ripe bananas.  Are you with me yet?  I should say so.

Truthfully, I am such a fan of my plain and simple chocolate chip banana bread recipe that I really never have seen the need to take it a step further and make it a double chocolate loaf.  I had the, “Why mess with perfection?,” mentality.

Silly, silly girl that I am.  Sometimes perfection just demands to be messed with. I am a professed chocoholic so why on EARTH I haven’t tried this recipe from Dorie Greenspan before is totally beyond comprehension.

Yet, here we are, with an insanely decadent (oh crap I used the most overused word on the food blogosphere tied only with delicious—I think this post might self-destruct.), chocolate squared, banana bread, and all I can ask myself is why I have waited so, so long to meet up with this bread; to make it, pinch off a bite as I walk by, slather it with peanut butter, or justifiably eat a slice for breakfast.  After all, it is banana bread…a perfectly legit breakfast, no?

Are you starting to get the idea that I am a bit obsessed with this bread? If so, then right on sister (or mister…sorry guys) because I have truly lost my mind for this bread, and I am sadly in the middle of trying to diet, eat more healthfully and generally shed a few inches before that damned bathing suit season is upon me.  But alas, I think I have thrown in the towel, waved the white flag, and have sheepishly walked away with my tail between my legs.

I have been beaten by this bread because I just can’t be separated from it.  Try using a crow bar—my daughter did and yet I am still stuck to it as we speak.   Maybe I should instruct you not to make it.  Maybe this post should have started with a warning, a huge highlighted disclaimer that shouts MOVE ALONG TO THE NEXT BLOG…OR READ AT YOUR OWN RISK!  Maybe…

Chocolate Squared Banana Bread
From, Baking From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan
2 c. all-purpose flour
1 c. unsweetened cocoa powder (good quality makes a huge difference)
1 1/2 t. baking powder
1/2 t. salt
1/4 t. baking soda
1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 c. granulated sugar
1/2 c. light brown sugar, packed
2 large eggs
2 ripe bananas, mashed
3/4 c. buttermilk (I did not have this and used 1/2 c. milk and 1/4 c. lowfat plain Greek yogurt…worked out GREAT!)
3/4 c. chocolate chips (Dorie recommends 1/2 c. but I went whole hog)

For the bread: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  Spray coat a glass 9×5 inch loaf pan.  To prevent the bottom from over baking, place the loaf pan onto two cookie sheets stacked together.

In a large bowl, sift or whisk (Like I did) the flour through the baking soda.  In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, combine the butter and sugar until creamy.  Then, add the eggs and the mashed bananas and combine.

Add 1/2 of the flour mixture to the butter mixture and combine on low speed until ingredients are mixed together.  Add 1/2 the buttermilk or milk and yogurt combination and combine on low.  Add the rest of the dry ingredients and the buttermilk or milk and yogurt combination and mix until just incorporated.  Do not over mix.

Put the batter into the prepared loaf pan and bake for 45 minutes and then turn your oven down to 325 and finish baking for another 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean and the top is firm to the touch.

* Dorie recommends placing a “tent” of foil over the top for the first 30 minutes and then bake another 45 minutes…all at 350 degrees.  I did the above mentioned and it came out perfectly but to each his or her own. I like simplicity and keeping things fast and easy for me.


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Leftover Cranberry Sauce-d Bread Pudding {With Dark Chocolate and Brandy}

Raise your hand if you still have a few extra dinner rolls and some bright and tart cranberry sauce from the Big Day? Then you have most certainly come to the right place. I love homemade cranberry sauce, and eat it with gusto on Turkey day, BUT, somehow I always end up with a hefty Tupperware container of extra sauce and there are so many delicious ways you can use it. One doozy of a way to elevate this already bangin’ sauce and to finally use up those going stale dinner rolls is to make a dark chocolate and cranberry sauced bread pudding. There is nothing left-over feeling about this boozy and blinged out dessert and nothing will be going to waste in your kitchen.

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Chocolate Strawberry Truffle Cake and the Speed of Life

Imagine biting into the perfect strawberry chocolate truffle from a ridiculously expensive box of chocolates but in cake form. That is what I was going for when my daughter requested a strawberry chocolate cake for her birthday celebration.  I looked all over the internet and searched through my cookbooks, but did not quite find what I had in mind.  So I pieced together recipes from three different sources to get exactly what I was imagining…a chocolate strawberry truffle in a lovely slice of cake.

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Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Fudge Cupcakes {AP Flour and GF Version}

What words do you think of when you stare wantonly at these cupcakes?

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Baileys Chocolate Devastation Cookies

Who needs therapy when you have a bottle of Baileys, some Dagoba cocoa powder, a beautiful stainless steel Kitchen Aid and a little time to kill? Well, in all honesty, I had NO TIME to kill; infact I was trying to get kids ready for school, pack lunches and get myself ready for work. But that’s neither here nor there.

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Baileys Buttercream and a Dark Chocolate Incognito Cupcake{Gluten Free}

These devastatingly delicious, over-the-top, dark chocolate cupcakes with get yourself drunk Baileys Buttercream are GLUTEN FREE! Who knew GF could be fabulous?!  I have also included my very best all-purpose flour dark chocolate cupcakes as well so it’s win win all over S&C (if you missed the last post, I have recently converted to referring to my blog as S&C because, like J.Lo, I am too cool to spell out my name…or I’m just that lazy…hmmm).

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Thin Mint Obsessed? To. Die. For. Chocolate Mint Cupcakes

If you like Girl Scout Thin Mint cookies, then you have come to the right place. Or if you are simply a fan of the deepest, richest, chocolate cupcake with creamy mint frosting, then you are also in the right place.  On the other hand, if chocolate just does not rock your world, please feel free to move on.  I will contemplate whether you are allowed to return.  Kidding…just kidding.

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