Bourbon Banana Bread

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There is nothing like noshing on a freshly-baked piece of banana bread wile having your morning coffee. And, who doesn’t like bourbon? And while it would have been fun (and entertaining) to watch my family devour heavily booze-laden banana bread at 8am, I opted to add just enough bourbon to intensify the banana and nut flavors. Shredded dark chocolate weaves into the banana bread, giving every bite a subtle cocoa essence. This bread is perfect to make for the weekend (or anytime for that matter), as I can guarantee you it will probably be consumed as a not only breakfast, but as a snack, coffee counterpart, and dessert too.

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Bourbon Banana Bread
Makes one 9×5 loaf pan
 
Ingredients:
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
3/4 teaspoons salt
3 large eggs
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1/4 cup bourbon
1 Tablespoon molasses
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup vegetable oil
3 large bananas, smashed with a potato masher
1 cup walnuts, roughly chopped with a knife
2 ounces dark chocolate, shredded/roughly chopped with a knife
 
Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9×5 loaf pan with nonstick spray, set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
 
2. In a kitchen mixer fitted with a paddle attachment (using a hand-mixer is fine, too), mix the sugar and eggs on medium for about 1 minute. Add the bourbon, vanilla extract, and molasses. 
 
3. Turn the mixer to a lower speed and add the vegetable oil,  then the smashed bananas.
 
4. Add the dry ingredients that were set aside in the beginning. Mix until the flour mixture is combined (dont overmix!). Add 3/4 cup of the chopped walnuts and chocolate and fold them in with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula to incorporate them. 
 
5. Pour into the loaf pan that’s been coated with nonstick spray. Sprinkle remaining 1/4 cup walnuts over the top. Bake for 60-70 minutes (when a toothpick comes out clean from the middle, it’s done).
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Bourbon Banana Bread 6
 
 
Bon Appetit everyone!
xo, d

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