Saturday, October 13, 2012

Raspberry Banana Milk Chocolate Loaf

Raspberry Banana Chocolate Loaf

Yield: 1 loaf
Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 50 min
A combination I couldn't even imagine until I created it. Sometimes you just have to use what you have on hand and go for it with gusto! Just how much goodness can one loaf hold? Try it out and see for yourself!
Raspberry Banana Milk Chocolate Loaf

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup granulated white sugar

  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature

  • 2 large eggs

  • 3 mashed bananas
  • 1/3 cup mixed berry or plain low fat yogurt

  • 1 teaspoon rum extract
  • 1 cup milk, dark or semi-sweet chocolate chunks or chips (I used milk chocolate)
  • 1 cup halved fresh raspberries, tossed in 2 tablespoon all-purpose flour
Fold, don't stir and make sure the raspberries have been dredged in flour before adding
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 9x5-inch loaf pan (preferably pyrex) with cooking spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt.
  3. In a separate large bowl, beat the sugar and butter with an electric mixer at medium speed until well blended (about 1 minute). Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the banana, yogurt, and rum extract; beat until blended. Stir in the flour mixture; just until moist. Don't over-mix. Stir in the chocolate chunks and then gently stir in the raspberries. If you want, you can sprinkle a few additional chocolate chips and raspberries on the top.
  4. Spoon the batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes or until a wooden pick (or knife) inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 15 minutes in the pan on a wire rack. Carefully run a knife around the inside edges to loosen, remove from pan and cool completely on a parchment paper-covered wire rack.
Note: To make it easier to remove the loaf without cracking, you can place parchment or wax paper in the loaf pan, overlapping the edges to use as a "handle." Spray with cooking spray before pouring the ingredients in. Then you can just lift it out when it's baked.

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