Friday, December 3, 2010

Soft Spots

The holidays for me are about landing on soft places and all the lovely things that make you feel ooey gooey on the inside {and unfortunately can make you look a little ooey gooey on the outside if you have over indulgent tendencies like me hehe}.
One thing that's always a lovely reminder of my childhood is my mum's Banana bread. I 'turned up the volume' as Ina Garten would say, by adding some milk chocolate chips... hold for applause.
Mama Bird and The Chirpy Birds
Chocolate Banana Bread
3/4 cup of room temperature unsalted butter
1 cup of vanilla sugar {or normal granulated sugar}
3 eggs
3 super ripe bananas
1/2 cup of buttermilk*
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
2 1/3 cups of all purpose flour
pinch of salt
1 heaped teaspoon of Bicarbonate Soda
1 cup of good quality Milk Chocolate chips or more if you're crazy about choccy!

*if you can't find buttermilk, mix half yogurt and half milk together until smooth.
Preheat Oven to 350F or 180C
Cream butter and sugar together until light this will take a couple of minutes.  Then add one egg at a time waiting until mixture is properly incorporated before adding the next.  Once all eggs are in mixture, add banana, buttermilk and vanilla.  Turn off mixer and add sifted flour, salt and bicarb mixture by hand. When it's just brought together {you never want to overwork the flour} add the chocolate chips and mix until even.  Place in your preferred baking dish, either traditional loaf pan or muffin/souffle cups. A cake will take around 45 minutes and the muffins {depending on the size} will take from around 15-25 minutes. 
The bread will get denser and moister as it sits. But good luck finding that out, ours always disappears before the days end!

xox tash


  1. They look delicious. I might attempt those this weekend.

    Question: what measurement is a cup exactly?! I see all these US recipes and always get put off my the volumes. Stoopid Brit!

  2. Oh YUMMY!!!!
    I must make these, thanks dearie for sharing :)


  3. Tash those would be perfect right now with my morning coffee! Delicious. Again, the sweetest posts (your writing is like being wrapped in a warm blanket)!

  4. Awww...How adorable is this cutie!!!
    Yummy...delicious. Would be perfect with a cup of tea right now:)...I love your recipes,sweetie
    Happy Friday

  5. Katy! I don't see any stoopid Brits around these parts!!! Lovely, you should be able to find these measures within your local kitchen supplies store as it is an international standard. Being australian myself i understand it gets a little confusing! But just in case you wanna give it a whirl here's another quick tip! There's 4 tablespoons to a 1/4 cup so about 16 Tbs to a cup! Though next time you're out pick some up, theyre not expensive and it makes your kitchen life a whole lot easier Xxx

    Cupcake your comments are like a warm blanket and are a blessing to wake up to every morning so thank you! Xox

  6. Katy, I have the same problem! Especially as an American now living abroad. All the conversions make my brain hurt. : ) Anyway, a cup is a little less than 250 ml.

    Love this recipe - I alwasy have extra brown bananas lying around. Totally trying it.

  7. Katy and Fashion Butter if you guys are stuck finding them, I'd be happy to send some measures over to you! Let me know xxx

  8. Thank you all!! Definitely getting on it now then. Let that weight gain commence!

  9. These look divine...I'll have to add them to my list of recipes to try! I hope you have a wonderful weekend! xx

  10. Adding choc' to anything has to be a good thing. Bicarbonate soda is not a word we use much here but I remember hearing my Nana and English aunt use it, nice memory. I bet this bread would taste great toasted as well - yum.

  11. Oh dear me, now I'm craving banana bread!

  12. I love it, I desperately need some soft spots and ooey gooey-ness this Friday. How I'd love to chew on something like this right *now*! Thanks so much for sharing.

  13. These look divine, I love that you turned up the volume Barefoot Contessa Style. Chocolate is always a good idea and a lovely addition to any recipe. Have a great weekend!

  14. My stomach is GROWLING! I'm delighted to see that someone else loves milk chocolate chips as much as I do!

  15. Banana + chocolate = a MOST delicious combination, yum!
    I love the first image too, truly snuggly.

    Enjoy your weekend, may it be warm on the inside and out.

    Felicity x

  16. Yummity yum yum! And I love the dog pic, seeing as we own a coffeehouse, we have tons of those burlap bags, and I think they make the best cushions! XX!

  17. i think i'm going to start referring to my mom as "mum" sounds way more fun. and this recipe looks great! we're having an all girls' family baking day tomorrow... might steal this and make it! i'll keep you posted. because i know you care... ; )

  18. I love gooey and this looks like gooey at it's best! I also love saying "gooey" Isn't it a funny word :)

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  19. Yum this looks so delish!!!

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  20. So happy I stumbled upon your blog. It's darling.

  21. these look delish and so pretty~

  22. Mama bird and the Chirpy bird - I love it! The hubs loves it when I add chocolate chips to my banana bread... the only way to eat it, he says! I'll have to try this recipe.


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  23. those look absolutely incredible! cant wait to try and make them!

  24. Mmmm, these look so so yummy! I'm going to have to try these and I love the little paper cups they're in!

    xo Mary Jo

  25. what a great post! it looks so yummy I might give it a try :) glad you came by my blog so I could find yours! happy weekend.

  26. Oh those look yummy! And a bit of chocolate can't hurt!
    Have a lovely Sunday :)

  27. girrrllll that sounds heavenly. i think i need to go bake something like that now, hmmm...
    and yah we brought bama lama from the states - so traumatic for him in the cargo :(

  28. Baking is the best during Christmas. And a little puggy is nice in the winter. ha

  29. Oh my goodness! Yum! Thanks for sharing!


  30. This looks really good! I will have to try making it over the weekend. I love your tabletop decor too.

  31. yum! i wish i had one now! buttermilk in a recipe always means it's extra delicious :)



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