Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Lemony Olive Oil Banana Bread with Chocolate Chips
How could you not be intrigued by the title of this lovely little loaf of bread? Olive oil and lemon are a classic combo, as are banana and chocolate, but all of them together? It seems overwhelming. And delicious.
I love food like this. Food that tests the limits of flavors and textures, that combines ingredients in new, unexpected, and exciting ways. The result in this case was quite interesting. The warm, rich flavors of the banana and chocolate are gently complimented by the bright fruity flavors of olive oil and citrus. With whole wheat flour, no refined sugar, and a splash of olive oil, you could almost pass this off as healthy. However, be warned, it is very moist and sweet and very dense, much more akin to a cake than a bread. It's prefect for dessert or as a sweet treat with afternoon coffee.
I followed Melissa Clark's recipe nearly exactly. I found the recipe on The Kitchen Sink Recipes, a wonderful food blog I follow. I used chocolate chips like Kristen did but did add the glaze as seen on Melissa Clark's bread. The bread was delicious and the flavor's are surprisingly perfect together. Give this one a try, it's certainly a banana bread to remember.