Banana Bread ~ Bolo de Banana

Recipe by fotog foodie.  Photo by Priscillakittycat.

Look at the pretty wood tray!  It shows the moon’s phases.  This was a gift from my friends who live in North Carolina, Monica and Jessy.  Monica is exceptionally talented with wood crafts.  Her work is unique and very pleasing to the eye.  The link is here in case you would like to take a look.

Banana Bread:  My go-to recipe on rainy days to accompany a cup of tea…and on days when there are over-ripe bananas (borderline rotten) sitting in the fruit basket. Banana bread turns out best when the bananas are very ripe.  The original recipe calls for dried cranberries.  I sometimes substitute with walnuts or pecans.  Tastes great either way.

2 cups of all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter – melted
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 eggs – beaten
2-3 overripe bananas – mashed
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
3/4 cup dried cranberries (or substitute nuts)

Preheat oven to 350F and lightly grease bread loaf pan.  Combine flour, baking soda, salt, chocolate chips and cranberries in large bowl and set aside.  In a separate bowl cream the butter and sugar. Stir in eggs and bananas.  Add banana mixure to flour mixure and mix well.  Bake for 55-65 minutes depending on oven strength. *Instead of mixing the cranberries and chocolate chips with the flour, I wait until the flour is combined with the butter and sugar mixture.  This way, the cranberries and chocolate chips don’t get covered in the white flour.

Olha que bandeja linda!  Ela mostra as fases da lua.  Foi presente que recebi das amigas, Monica e Jessy.  A Monica é marceneira.  As péças dela são únicas e realmente magnificas.  Segue o link para a página da Monica no instragram se você quizer dar uma olhada.

2 copos de farinha de trigo
1 colher de chá de bicarbonato
1/4 de colher chá de sal
1/2 copo de manteiga (derretida)
3/4 copos de açucar mascavo
2 ovos batidos
2-3 bananas bem maduras amassadas com garfo
1/2 copo de chocolate chips
3/4 copo de cranberries (substituir nozes se quizer)

Aqueça o forno 350F e unte uma fôrma de pão.  Junte a farinha, o bicarbonato, e o sal numa tigela grande.  Numa tigela separada, bata o açucar com a manteiga.  Acrescente os ovos e as bananas.  Junte a mistura de banana com a mistura de farinha.  Acrescente o chocolate e as nozes e misture.  Coloque na fôrma e asse durante 55-65 minutos.