I have made a few banana breads lately and they were all leading up to this one. A while ago I came across the concept of using curried flavoured chocolate chips in a banana bread which sounded really good. I was not able to find any curried flavoured chocolate chips so I decided to go with just adding curry powder to the banana bread. I wanted to find a banana bread recipe that I liked before attempting the version with curry powder though. After making a few banana breads I was pleased with this recipe for a sour cream banana bread and so I was ready to try making the curried version. I was still a bit worried that I would be ruining a good loaf of banana bread but my curiosity pushed me forward.
I was not sure how much curry powder to use so I decided to start with one tablespoon. The curried banana bread smelled really good while baking and I could hardly wait for the bread to cool down before trying it. The chocolate chips were still slightly melted when I cut into the loaf. The curried chocolate chip banana bread was pretty good!! Even with a tablespoon of curry powder the flavour was subtle and did not overpower the flavour of the bananas or the chocolate. The curry added a nice layer of spiciness, but not heat, that made the bread nice and exotic. The next time that I make this curried chocolate chip banana bread I think I might try increasing the amount of curry a bit to see how it works
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon curry powder
1/2 cup butter (room temperature)
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 eggs (beaten)
1/2 cup sour cream
3 overripe bananas (mashed)
1 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup walnuts (chopped)
1. Mix the flour, baking soda, salt and curry powder in a large bowl.
2. Cream the butter and brown sugar in another bowl.
3. Stir the eggs, sour cream and banana into the butter and sugar.
4. Stir the banana mixture into the flour mixture.
5. Stir in the chocolate chips and walnuts.
6. Pour the batter into a 9x5 inch loaf pan.
7. Bake in a preheated 350F oven until a tooth pick pushed into the center comes out clean, about 60-70 minutes.
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Take a look at the Banana Bread Bake Off roundup at Not Quite Nigella.