Amaretto Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

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I hope everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving!  We had a good one, though not very exciting.  We slept in and were pretty lazy all day.  Finally around 4:00 or so, we made Thanksgiving dinner.  And you know what?  It was really, really good.  I now feel comfortable with hosting a Thanksgiving dinner someday. 

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That’s Eric’s plate… fifty percent of that plate is corn casserole.  He uses Pawla Deeen’s recipe. 

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Eric also made the Stove Top… and you know what?  It was pretty good.  I’d never had it before; I’ve always been spoiled with my mom’s homemade dressing.  The marinated turkey tenderloin was surprisingly good as well – I’d buy it again.

I think I’ve converted Eric to liking sweet potatoes.  He likes them!!  I baked them with butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, and mini mallows.  Mmm.

I was also a fan of the cranberry sauce – I added chopped pear and tangerine zest. 

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We did a little skyping and red wine-drinking with the family later on.

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I was able to do some baking this weekend with my free time, so there should be some new recipes coming your way.  Today’s recipe is Amaretto Chocolate Chip Banana Bread!  The recipe is your basic banana bread, with a little more flavor from the browned butter, amaretto, and mini chocolate chips.

There’s a good amount of amaretto in the bread, but the alcohol evaporates when baked, so you’re just left with wonderful almond flavor.  You could add some chopped almonds to this if you had some!   

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Amaretto Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

1/2 cup unsalted butter
2 cups all-purpose flour + 1/4 cup, divided use
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 large bananas, mashed
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 cup amaretto liqueur
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

Heat oven to 350 degrees F.  Coat a loaf pan with cooking spray.

Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat; cook, whisking frequently, until foamy and starts to turn golden brown.  Remove from heat.

In a medium bowl, sift together 2 cups flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking powder, baking soda and salt.  In a large mixing bowl, whisk together browned butter, bananas, and brown sugar until combined.  Whisk in eggs until combined.  Whisk in flour mixture, alternating with amaretto until just combined.  Toss together remaining 1/4 cup flour and chocolate chips; gently stir into batter until just combined. Smooth batter into prepared pan. 

Bake 35-40 minutes, or until golden brown, and a toothpick inserted into cake comes out with moist crumbs attached. 




23 comments:

  1. You guys are too cute! I love your wonderful little Thanksgiving :)

    I love that you changed up the usual banana bread with the amaretto and chocolate chips - it sounds delicious!

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    1. Thanks Nicole! Hope you had a good Thanksgiving!

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  2. Just was stopping by to see what you were up to and found this! Love it. :)

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  3. i do think i have some amaretto laying around ;) yum!

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  4. I'm glad you had some down time over Thanksgiving. I hope your ear/jaw thing is feeling better.

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  5. Your dinner looks delicious and is right up my alley. My family doesn't like "real" dressing and prefers Stovetop - how sad is that. ;) Are those your croissants?

    I see a difference in the writing of your recipes - they look more professionally developed - and in the tone of your school posts - you are developing real poise and presence. How exciting to get to see the results of your school! (Standing ovation)

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    1. Hahaha. Well hey, Stove Top isn't too shabby! So don't feel bad. Yes, they are.

      Why thank you for the compliments! I will write them better when I'm finished with school. I'm going to start weighing the flour.

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  6. Bread looks great. I love banana bread, and chocolate, and amaretto, and brown butter. You get the idea.

    Your Thanksgiving looks great. I'm sure you will host future Thanksgiving dinners like a champ. In June my nephew will graduate from Mamaroneck HS and his parents will return home to Chicago for good. In fact, SIL has said once the kid is off to college they want to leave the suburbs and move back to the city. I'll likely be going back there for Thanksgiving next year. Maybe I'll leave behind the family dysfunction and have dinner with you guys instead. ;-)

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    1. Whoo hoo! I can't wait. We will have to get together for sure.

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  7. Aww, glad to see you were able to enjoy Thanksgiving away from home! I'm going to need to find this corn casserole recipe you speak of. :) And I love that your croissants even made it onto the Thanksgiving menu!

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    1. Oh you need it! It's good. Broil the cheese for extra crispiness.

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  8. I've used amaretto in banana bread before and it is the best! So glad to hear you guys had a happy thanksgiving!

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  9. Homemade croissants at the dinner table--a sure sign of a professional pastry chef! (Versus the Pillsbury crescent rolls my mom sometimes served at nice dinners). But now I'm thinking: croissants in stuffing...hmmm...

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  10. I love how you made a whole Thanksgiving meal for you and Eric. That is so sweet. I'm sure this will be a Thanksgiving that you guys will always remember. Being away from family may make you feel lonley at times, but years later, you will probably look back and really cherish this one.

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  11. Wow that banana bread looks amazing. I love the flavour of amaretto but never combined it with bananas before. You can't beat banana bread with choc chips in either!

    Looks like you had a lovely thanksgiving

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  12. why have i never added amaretto before?!?! love amaretto in everything--now i just need some ripe bananas!

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