The first time I tried this recipe out of my Tyler Florence Ultimate Cookbook, it actually came out a little dry. Now, I am not saying anything bad about his recipe, I actually love most of his recipes and they always turn out wonderfully for me, but something about this didn’t work for me. I changed a few things up and made it again. The result was amazing. Soft, moist banana bread with a smooth chocolate taste. I think you will really enjoy this!
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
3 very ripe bananas, mashed
1 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup bittersweet chocolate chips or chopped chocolate, melted
2 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup buttermilk
In large bowl, cream butter until smooth. Add eggs, mixing well. Add in mashed banana and vanilla extract and combine. Pour in a little melted chocolate to temper the butter/egg/banana mixture. Stir. Pour in the rest of the chocolate and mix well. In a separate bowl, mix flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder and salt. Add to butter mixture and beat until well combined. Add buttermilk and beat again. Pour into a greased loaf pan (batter will be very thick). Bake at 350 degrees for 60 minutes or until top is set. Cool in pan for ten minutes and then turn out onto wire rack. Cool completely. Feel free to sift some powdered sugar over the top before serving but it is delicious without it too!