Obsessed with Baking picked as her choice for TWD. You can visit her blog for the recipe and to check out all the other yummy things she has baked. Great photos too!
I can honestly say that if I hadn't seen a review for this bread last week, when one of our bakers mixed up the order of the Chocolate Oatmeal Almost-Candy bars with this recipe (sorry, I forgot who), I would have skipped it. See my opening paragraph. :)
But, that baker said she wasn't too sure about the combination but forged ahead anyway and was pleasantly surprised. So, on that recommendation I decided to try it.
As easy as this recipe was to put together, it was also hard for me. Peeling overripe bananas, smelling the overripe smell, mashing them (mushy slimy things!) was difficult. I am sorry if I am upsetting any really ripe banana lovers out there. Everyone has their likes and dislikes and really ripe bananas are one of my dislikes. :P
Whipped everything up, tossed it in the oven and let it bake. I checked it after about 60-65 minutes and the knife came out with what I thought was wet batter on it. So, I left it in the oven for another 5 or so minutes and I think I ended up overbaking it. I think the wet batter might have been melted chocolate. The bread was a little on the dry side.
My hubby really liked this bread, aside from it being a tad dry. But, with a little whipped cream, or a scoop of homemade chocolate-almond ice cream, he said he didn't notice the dryness. I am still wavering about this one. The bread is beautiful. Dense, tender, full of chocolate flavor. The banana flavor is not pronounced, but it is there. So is the aroma of bananas. When I lift the top off of my cake stand, where the bread is sitting, the first thing I smell is banana. In my opinion (and we all know what they say about opinions!) it just okay. The fact that I dislike bananas in any baked good strongly influences my feelings about this bread. I may try it again with pumpkin. Now, that's a combination I love! Don't take my word about whether this is a yummy bread or not. Head over to TWD and see what everyone else thought.