Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

My older son is headed into pre-finals week of his second semester of college, and when I think about studying, I think about comfort food and care packages.  So, even though I personally hate all things banana, sometimes I have to take one for the team and make something that the men in my household love. “Dead week” is one of those times since both my boys LOVE this recipe – especially when you throw in some chocolate chips (of course, they think everything is better with chocolate chips, and they’re not wrong).  If you are a banana lover, make this your go-to recipe for banana bread. The expert banana bread eaters in my family guarantee you’ll love it. ~Tracy

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ c. sugar
  • ½ c. stick butter, softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 ½ c. mashed ripe* banana (usually approx. 2 large or 3 medium bananas)
  • ½ c. buttermilk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 ½ c. all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 c. mini chocolate chips

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 F.

Mash bananas in small bowl until they form a sticky paste – set aside.

Mix sugar and butter in a large bowl.  Stir in eggs, one at a time, until well blended.  

Mix in bananas, buttermilk, and vanilla.  Beat until smooth.

Stir in flour, baking soda, and salt just until all ingredients are mixed together.  

Gently fold in chocolate chips.

Pour mixture into two greased and floured loaf pans (8 ½ x 4 ½ x 2 ½).

Be sure oven rack is centered so that the tops of bread is positioned in the center of the oven.  Bake on 350°F for approximately 1 hour, or until inserted toothpick comes out clean (I start checking mine after about 50 minutes).  If tops begin to brown too much before done, loosely lay a sheet of aluminum foil over the top of the loaves until they finish baking.  

When done, cool for approximately 10 minutes before removing from loaf pans. Cool completely before slicing.  

*Bananas are best for banana bread when the skin begins to blacken slightly and the bananas begin to feel somewhat mushy.

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

  • • 1 ½ c. sugar
  • • ½ c. stick butter, softened
  • • 2 large eggs
  • • 1 ½ c. mashed ripe* banana (usually approx. 2 large or 3 medium bananas)
  • • ½ c. buttermilk
  • • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • • 2 ½ c. all-purpose flour
  • • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • • 1 tsp. salt
  • • 1 c. mini chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Mash bananas in small bowl until they form a sticky paste – set aside.
  3. Mix sugar and butter in a large bowl. Stir in eggs, one at a time, until well blended.
  4. Mix in bananas, buttermilk, and vanilla. Beat until smooth.
  5. Stir in flour, baking soda, and salt just until all ingredients are mixed together.
  6. Gently fold in chocolate chips.
  7. Pour mixture into two greased and floured loaf pans (8 ½ x 4 ½ x 2 ½).
  8. Be sure oven rack is centered so that the tops of bread is positioned in the center of the oven. Bake for approximately 1 hour, or until inserted toothpick comes out clean (I start checking mine after about 50 minutes). If tops begin to brown too much before done, loosely lay a sheet of aluminum foil over the top of the loaves until they finish baking.
  9. When done, cool for approximately 10 minutes before removing from loaf pans. Cool completely before slicing.

*Bananas are best for banana bread when the skin begins to blacken slightly and the bananas begin to feel somewhat mushy.

https://foursistersdish.com/2019/04/29/chocolate-chip-banana-bread/

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Potato Bread

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This is a recipe Kathy has been using for a while.  It has never disappointed!  For a yeast bread it is quite easy.  It has great flavor and texture from the mashed potatoes.  Spread a little butter on it while warm and you will know why this is a family favorite.

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cup warm water (baby bath temperature)
  • 2 packages active dry yeast
  • 1 cup prepared mashed potatoes (left overs work great; instant potatoes also work)
  • 2 T sugar
  • 2 T butter, melted
  • 1 T salt
  • 4 ½ to 6 cups flour

Instructions:

Prepare potatoes and allow to cool. If using leftover mashed potatoes, allow them to come to room temperature.

Melt butter and set aside.

In large mixing bowl, combine warm water and yeast.

Allow the yeast to bloom for about 5 minutes.

Stir in potatoes, sugar, butter and salt; Mix well.

Stir in enough flour to make a soft dough. It will look kind of “shaggy”.

Turn dough onto floured surface and knead five to eight minutes, adding flour as needed to create a smooth, elastic dough.

Place dough in bowl, cover, and allow to rise for one hour.

Punch down and divide in half.

Shape each half gently into a rectangle.

Roll into loaf starting at the short end.

Place in buttered loaf pan and let rise 30 – 45 minutes, or until doubled in size.

Bake in preheated 350˚ oven for 30 – 35 minutes, until lightly browned.

Turn out of pan, butter the top, and allow to cool on wire rack.

Tips: 

I use leftover mashed potatoes so often there are pieces of potatoes and flecks of pepper you can see.

I have a plastic dishpan that I use only for bread making, instead of using a mixing bowl.  Works great even for large batches!

If you live at high altitude, start with 4 cups of flour adding flour as necessary. Generally above 5500’, you will need slightly less flour.

You can knead the dough in a stand mixer for about 4 minutes.

This recipe also makes great clover leaf rolls.

Potato Bread

Potato Bread

    Ingredients:
  • • 1 ½ cup warm water (baby bath temperature)
  • • 2 packages active dry yeast
  • • 1 cup prepared mashed potatoes (left overs work great; instant potatoes also work)
  • • 2 T sugar
  • • 2 T butter, melted
  • • 1 T salt
  • • 4 ½ to 6 cups flour
  1. Prepare potatoes and allow to cool. If using leftover mashed potatoes, allow them to come to room temperature.
  2. Melt butter and set aside.
  3. In large mixing bowl, combine warm water and yeast.
  4. Allow the yeast to bloom for about 5 minutes.
  5. Stir in potatoes, sugar, butter and salt; Mix well.
  6. Stir in enough flour to make a soft dough. It will look kind of “shaggy”.
  7. Turn dough onto floured surface and knead five to eight minutes, adding flour as needed to create a smooth, elastic dough.
  8. Place dough in bowl, cover, and allow to rise for one hour.
  9. Punch down and divide in half.
  10. Shape each half gently into a rectangle.
  11. Roll into loaf starting at the short end.
  12. Place in buttered loaf pan and let rise 30 – 45 minutes, or until doubled in size.
  13. Bake in preheated 350˚F oven for 30 – 35 minutes, until lightly browned.
  14. Turn out of pan, butter the top, and allow to cool on wire rack.

I use leftover mashed potatoes so often there are pieces of potatoes and flecks of pepper you can see.

I have a plastic dishpan that I use only for bread making, instead of using a mixing bowl. Works great even for large batches!

If you live at high altitude, start with 4 cups of flour adding flour as necessary. Generally above 5500 ft. above sea level, you will need slightly less flour.

You can knead the dough in a stand mixer for about 4 minutes.

This recipe also makes great clover leaf rolls.

https://foursistersdish.com/2017/04/10/potato-bread/