April 25, 2010

Dark Chocolate Swirled Banana Bread



I had a sonogram earlier, and everything looks perfectly normal. Though we knew it would be fine just because the worst has happened, I still can't describe the relief I felt seeing those 4 limbs moving around like performing some sort of Kung-Fu in there.

Hate me if you have more than one child, and they all have very distant birthdays. Cause I'm going to arrange only one birthday party a year for both kids as Ethan's born on October 22. And the due date for my second child is October 25, 2010.

(Makes 1 loaf)
Ingredients:
2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 stick unsalted butter, soften
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cup mashed ripe banana
1/3 cup sour cream
1 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup dark chocolate chips, melted

Directions:
Grease a 9x5x3 inch loaf pan. Line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper. Set aside.

In a bowl, whisk the flour with the baking powder, baking soda and salt.

In a stand mixer, beat sugar and butter at medium speed until well blended. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add banana, sour cream and vanilla, beat until blended. 
With the mixer on low speed, add flour mixture, beat until just incorporated.
Spoon half of the batter into a separate bowl. Add the melted chocolate to another half of the batter and fold in.

With two spoons, place spoonfuls of the two mixtures into the prepared loaf pan alternately. Run a pairing knife through the two batters to achieve a marbled effect. (Note: Swirl rigorously or else you will have a non-swirled cake like mine!)

Bake for about 50 - 55 mins or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool for 10 mins before removing from pan.

16 comments:

Josephine said...

I hate u...... Of course NOT
Big Congratulations!!! N I feel soooooo happy for u n ur family. Ethan is promoted! Wowow

Paz said...

Oh, wow! Another baby! That's awesome! Congratulations! Nice cake to celebrate the news. ;-)

Paz (who also has a birthday in October)

penny aka jeroxie said...

Great news! Love the banana bread.

Belinda @zomppa said...

Perfect combination. Thank you for sharing your story - you are amazing and courageous and Ethan and your husband and your little one are very lucky! Many, many blessings!

Fearless Kitchen said...

Congratulations! Ethan gets to be a big brother now! I hope he's ready :) It's great to have the birthdays so close together!

Sook said...

Oh that is so beautiful!!

Katty's Kitchen said...

That is the slickest-lookin' banana bread EVERRRR! Nicely done and congrats, too!

CheapAppetite said...

WHhhaaa? Congratulations! lululu. Are you going to write a second blog for the new baby:-) How convenient their birthday are. Who knows, they could be born on the same day! Great news indeed. Love the banana cake btw. Definitely goes well with the chocolate swirl:)

Emily Ziegler said...

Congratulations and God Bless on the new addition to your family!

By the way, you are after my own heart with this banana bread and dark chocolate recipe. I am making this as soon as humanly possible. Amazing.

Chandani said...

Yummy, chocolate and banana. wish i could eat one right now.

Simply Life said...

wow! that looks fantastic!

Daydreamer Desserts said...

Congratulations you certainly know how to plan well.

I have 3 sons & celebrate a birthday every for months! (Jan, May, & Sept).

Now about that loaf! Wow... it looks amazing!

angela@spinachtiger said...

I lOVE this cake. I love the name Lululu. I'm not sure how your children will feel about the one birthday party. Kids are funny like that. The first two-three years, they don't care, but after that, they are very upset when they have to share, like if their birthday is on Christmas. We'll stay posted to see how it works out. I hope you start feeling better soon.

P.S. Get that cast iron pan. You will be so happy with it. The best part is it goes from stove top to oven so easily.

StupidHollyWolly said...

Wow! Ethan's going to be a big brother! Happy for you all!

Patty said...

Whoa!!!! I am completely out of the loop here!!!! Congratulations on your wonderful and very happy news!!!! I am so happy to hear that Ethan will be a big brother soon! Giving Ethan a sibiling is the best thing you could ever do for him! And also, your bread is beeeauuuutiful!!! Your food always looks amazing!

Fresh Local and Best said...

Congratulations! October is going to be a crazy happy month for you!