Banana Chocolate Chunk Walnut Loaf - Dahlia Bakery Cookbook

Monday, April 22, 2013

Banana Chocolate Chunk Walnut Loaf - Dahlia Bakery Cookbook
Banana Chocolate Chunk Walnut Loaf - Dahlia Bakery Cookbook

During a time of incomprehensibly tragic news (Boston Marathon, Texas refinery explosion...), I find that baking provides a small sense of relief. Creating comfort food for you and your friends.

I made a couple things last week (will post them soon), but I think Banana Bread defines comfort food. I made this last Sunday, and enjoyed it at a meeting on Monday morning.

Banana Chocolate Chunk Walnut Loaf - Dahlia Bakery Cookbook
My loaf didn't come out very tall...the loaf pan was wider than the instructions. However, it was still yummy.

Chocolate chunks or chips and walnuts give the loaf texture and sweetness. And I believe that bread with "good fat" nuts and fruits in them push them into a good breakfast food category. :)

Have you been to Dahlia Bakery in Seattle? I haven't but can't wait to visit. The cookbook is beautiful.

Banana Chocolate Chunk Walnut Loaf - Dahlia Bakery Cookbook
Last week was also National Library Week. For the past few years, I've celebrated on the blog with a week of posts and giveaways. But last week just didn't feel right. I do hope that you visit your library soon, and celebrate all things library...and librarian!

Banana Chocolate Chunk Walnut Loaf
Adapted from: The Dahlia Bakery Cookbook: Sweetness in Seattle*
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1/2 c (2 3/4 ounces / 79 grams) bittersweet chocolate chunks (I used dark chocolate chips)
1/3 c (1 1/4 ounces / 35 grams) walnuts, toasted, cooled and roughly chopped
1 1/4 c (6 3/8 ounces / 180 grams) all-purpose flour
1 1/4 t baking soda
1/4 t kosher salt
About 1 pound of very ripe bananas (2-3)
1/4 c canola oil
1/2 c (3 1/2 ounces / 100 grams) sugar
1 large egg
1/4 c (2 ounces / 58 grams) sour cream

Preheat oven to 350. Prep a loaf pan (they recommend 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches) with butter & flour, or spray with non-stick spray. I line my pan with parchment paper to make it easier to remove from the pan.

Mix chocolate chunks and walnuts in a small bowl. Add 2 Tablespoons flour and toss to coat. Set aside.

Sift together the remaining flour, baking soda and salt into a medium bowl or some parchment paper.

Peel the bananas, cut into chunks and place them into the bowl of an electric mixer. On low speed, beat the bananas to a smooth puree until no large lumps remain. Measure the puree - you should have 1 cup (discard or add as necessary) On low speed, add the oil, sugar, egg and sour cream. Mix until everything is combined and the banana is well incorporated.

Add the dry ingredients and mix just until incorporated.  Fold in reserved chocolate-walnut mixture. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan.

Bake until skewer inserted into the loaf comes out with a few moist crumbs clinging but no batter, 65-70 minutes (if you use a different size pan, start checking early). For the best rise, do not open the oven door  while the banana bread is baking. The loaf will be dark golden brown and there will probably be a crack running through the top. Remove the pan from the oven and cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Unmold the banana bread, then cool on a wire rack to slightly warm or room temperature before slicing and serving.

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Ebenezer PentWeazle said... [Reply to comment]

<3 the Dahlia Bakery! It's small, informal, and everything I've ever had from there has been absolutely delicious! It can be a bit crowded, and like most bakeries, selection is better earlier rather than later... :)

Natalie said... [Reply to comment]

this is one of my favorite banana breads ever--I also have this cookbook and love Dahlia Bakery!!

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

OMG....and I don't just throw that out there! You must go there and at least have a piece of the coconut cream pie. I am obsessed with it. The last time I was there, I bought a whole dang pie! I shared it with many of the people who've had to listen to me talk about it for years. Love your blog, missed Big Bundts...maybe this year?

Shelly said... [Reply to comment]

The Dahlia Bakery is one of my first stops every time I go home to Seattle. The Triple Coconut Cream Pie, Caramel Apple Brioche...Only 55 more days until my next fix.

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