Thursday, October 21, 2010

Our Guest: Blue Eyed Bakers

You all might remember my post on needing a fantastic Banana Bread Recipe, thanks to all those who commented! One of our comments came from the ladies over at Blue Eyed Bakers. And really they need no introduction...besides how fabulous they are, as well as their wonderful baking blog, oh and their laugh out loud writing! So without further a due, I'll pass you into the hands of Katy and Abby!

Well, hello there! For those of you devoted "Chic Coles" readers who don't know us, we're the Blue-Eyed Bakers. We have a baking blog (duh) which isn't exactly the same as the Cole girls' interiors blog, but they are both about taste, right? And, really, do you know anyone who doesn't like baked goods? Exactly. So here goes...

We are sisters just like the Cole gals. Katy (in Boston) and Abby (in New York City). We bake. We both have blonde hair. Er, obvy, we both have blue eyes. We have a blog. We grew up in a British household with an adorable teapot of a mummy whose attempts at entrees were less than stellar...prolly owing to the fact that they were largely English in origin and all overcooked. However, any lack of prowess in the dinner department was more than made up for in the sweets section. Lucky duckies that we are, our mummy was (and still is) the most divine baker. Our childhoods were food fairytales...imagine, if you will, clouds of flour, little girls in kiddie aprons licking bowls of brownie batter and cookie dough (screw that raw egg nonsense), stealing chocolate chips earmarked for banana bread and chasing our baby brother with just squeezed lemons for tart lemon cakes and squares...

Ok, so we are embellishing just a tad, but you get the drift. Baking is in our blood and blogging, well, that's just what people do these days, right?

We know that for some people, baking seems daunting and scary. But, really, you just have to jump right in. Anyone can bake! We promise!

The worst thing that happens is you start over or, rather, mix the failures into some vanilla ice cream and no one will know the difference and nor will they likely care because it's dessert! Yum! Overcooked, hard cookies turn into cookie crumble ice cream with chocolate sauce that no one can resist. 

It's true. We've served it to guests before. Don't. Tell. Anyone.

Of course, no one likes failures, least of all us, so we also like to keep things fairly simple. I mean, dessert doesn't need to be complicated after all, just delicious.

And, since the Chic Coles asked, we offered up our Mummy's Chocolate Chip Banana Bread recipe for you all today. 

It might not look super pretty, but it is super easy and has chocolate chips in it, so, well, there's that.

And, if you mess it up, we can tell you from experience that it makes for an excellent bread pudding and topping for yogurt.

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
Serves 12

¼ cup sour cream
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ cup unsalted butter
1¼ cups firmly packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1½ cups all-purpose flour
Pinch of salt
1 cup mashed banana (about 2-3 bananas)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350◦ F. Grease a 9" loaf pan and dust with flour.

Stir together sour cream and baking soda and set aside. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Then, beat in sour cream mixture which will now look a little like runny marshmallows.

Stir in remaining ingredients until just blended. Do not over mix (this also goes for cupcakes and cakes, by the way). If you don't want to add chocolate chips (what is wrong with you?), you can easily leave them out too.

Pour the batter into the loaf pan and bake for 60-75 minutes or until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean.

Allow to cool in pan for 15 minutes and then remove from the pan and continue cooling on a rack. 

You can also choose to divide the batter among 3 mini-loaf pans. Follow the same recipe but just reduce baking time to 40-50 minutes. 

This banana bread is especially good ice cold out of the freezer. Divine!

Thanks Katy and Abby, Blue Eyed Bakers!!


Melissa said...

Yum! I am obsessed with banana bread...I've never had it with chocolate chips mixed in! I am definitely going to try this recipe!

Meet Vanessa said...

That's it, I'm baking this recipe this weekend - looks AMAZING!

Brittany said...

Wait did you use cocoa? Your batter is chocolate...

Anonymous said...

My 5 year old son absolutely loves banana bread and so I am always looking for a spin on an old recipe. Yours with the chocolate chips looked promising and boy was it! Not only did he love it, I love it, even my husband loves it! Thank you Blue Eyed Bakers for such a yummy recipe!

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