Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Chocolate Muscovado Banana Bread
Nigel Slater's recipe calls this a cake but I'm calling it bread, mostly because a slice is absolutely to-die-for spread with a generous smear of Plugra salted butter. Smearing cake with salted butter just seems overly decadent and wrong somehow, but bread and butter? They just go together.
I vaguely seem to recall making banana bread at some point in the past but it has never been a staple in my recipe rotation. The fact is, I don't really care for plain banana bread. Had it not been for a co-worker who often brings in banana bread with chocolate chips to share with the office, I might have continued to turn up my nose at banana bread. Adding chocolate to banana bread brings it to a whole other level. Thanks to chocolate, I've developed a new-found appreciation for banana bread.
When I saw Mr. Slater's banana cake recipe called for the addition of muscovado sugar and dark chocolate, I was intrigued and mentally tucked it away. Months later, while staring a bunch of bananas too far past their prime, my memory was jogged and I added muscovado sugar to the grocery list. If you, like me, don't keep it on hand, you could substitute dark brown sugar for the muscovado sugar called for in the recipe. But I wouldn't. The lovely, molassassy flavor muscovado adds to the bread is worth a trip to the store to pick up a bag.
My little helper is constantly under foot when I'm cooking or baking these days. Ruby is now mobile (still crawling, not yet walking) and is quite the busy bee. She thinks the kitchen is her personal playground. One of her favorite tricks is to crawl onto the dishwasher door when open. Funnily enough, I used to do the exact same thing as a kiddo. My father kept a framed photo of me standing on the dishwasher door on his bathroom vanity. Do all kids go through an obsession with the dishwasher or did I just pass a mutant gene on to Ruby? Whatever. I just hope her interest in the dishwasher continues. I can't wait to teach her how to load the dishes into the dish racks.