Banana Bread

Serves 6   Active Time 15 min.   Total Time 120 min.



1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips

3/4 cup walnuts, toasted, chopped

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature

1 cup sugar

2 large eggs

1 1/2 cups mashed ripe bananas

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract





1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter and flour 9x5x2 1/2-         inch metal loaf pan. Whisk first 4 ingredients in               medium bowl to blend. Combine chocolate chips         and walnuts in small bowl; add 1 tablespoon flour         mixture and toss to coat.

2. Beat butter in large bowl until fluffy. Gradually add       sugar, beating until well blended. Beat in eggs 1 at       a time. Beat in mashed bananas, lemon juice and         vanilla extract. Beat in flour mixture. Spoon 1/3 of         batter into prepared pan. Sprinkle with half of nut         mixture. Spoon 1/3 of batter over. Sprinkle with             remaining nut mixture. Cover with remaining batter.     Run knife through batter in zigzag pattern.

3. Bake bread until tester inserted into center comes         out clean, about 1 hour 5 minutes. Turn out onto           rack and cool.


© 2016 Jon Ashton