Monday, June 18, 2012

The Food Matters Project: Berries & Chocolate Bread

Hi. I didn't really follow this week's food matters project recipe. Sure I utilized some kind of berry, some kind of chocolate and some kind of bread. But not cherry and not in panini form. You can check out Margarita's host post here.

We spent our Father's day weekend charter fishing in Westport. It was cold, wet and mildly nauseating. I know I'm making it sound fantastic. I think it would have been a way better experience if I'd caught a fish instead of letting the only one I hooked get away. I wouldn't call it a complete wreck of a weekend. I spent some quality time with the boy side of my family and Scott. I saw the ocean from both the shore and while at sea. I learned that if I take a dramamine, wear accupressure bands on my wrists and chew ginger gum I'm mostly not as nauseated as I'd expect (I'm positive this will come in handy some day). Besides, I love adventure.

On the car ride home, after spending hours eating nothing due to a large fear of accidentally throwing it right back up, I ate a ton of delicious homemade bread.

This recipe was adapted from this great recipe.

2 cups flour
3/4 tsp baking soda
smidge of salt

1 cup sugar

4 TBS butter

2 large eggs

3 bananas, mashed
1/3 cup plain greek yogurt
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup raspberries
zest from 1 lemon

Heat the oven to 350. I prepared my pan by rubbing the buttery side of the butter wrapper on the pan.
Whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
Zest lemon over the rinsed raspberries. Set aside
Beat the sugar and butter in your kitchen aid (or use any sort of mixing mechanism). After well blended add each egg. Add the banana, yogurt and vanilla. Once well mixed add the flour mixture.
Remove bowl from mixer and fold in the chocolate chips and raspberries, gently.
Spoon the batter into the pan.
My bread baked for about an hour and a half. I'd recommend that you start checking after 1 hour of baking. I also like to turn my pan about halfway through (30 minutes or so). The bread is done when the toothpick is mostly clean.
Remove from oven and allow to cool briefly. I found that a spatula run around the edge of the bread helps remove it easily from the pan to continue to cool while on wire rack.

This bread is especially fantastic when still warm from the oven!



  1. i love all the ingredients in this bread! it's like a special banana bread treat. would gladly eat this for breakfast, snacks, or dessert!

  2. Looks good! I didn't have time to do this one, but I was thinking muffins - so we were on the same page. :)

  3. i am such a fan of fruit + chocolate bread and i bet if you grilled up these slices, topped with even more fruit + chocolate, it'd be even better!

    i'm sorry your motion sickness kicked in whilst fishing. be sure to take the dramamine about 30 minutes prior to sailing, it needs time to kick into your system. get the non-drowsy, tho i will say both makes me sleepy (and unfortunately, they have a key ingredient that is a dairy derivative... i'm lactose intolerant, so it gives me slight heart burn...)