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Two-Tone Banana Bread

Makes: 16 servings
Prep 25 mins Cool 10 mins Bake 350°F 55 mins to 1 hr
Two-Tone Banana Bread
Ingredients
  • 2  cups  all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2  teaspoons  baking powder
  • 1  teaspoon  finely shredded lemon peel
  • 1/2  teaspoon  baking soda
  • 1/4  teaspoon  salt
  • 1/4  teaspoon  ground nutmeg
  • 1/8  teaspoon  ground cinnamon
  • 2  eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 1/2  cups  mashed ripe bananas (5 medium)
  • 1  cup  sugar
  • 1/2  cup  butter, melted
  • 1  tablespoon  dark rum or milk
  • 2  ounces  semisweet chocolate, melted and cooled
  •  Chocolate-hazelnut spread (optional)
Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease the bottom and 1/2 inch up the sides of a 9x5x3-inch loaf pan; set aside. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, lemon peel, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Make a well in center of flour mixture; set aside.

2. In a medium bowl, combine eggs, mashed bananas, sugar, melted butter, and rum. Add egg mixture all at once to flour mixture. Stir just until moistened (batter should be lumpy). Transfer one-third of the batter (about 1-1/4 cups) to a medium bowl; fold in melted chocolate.

3. Drop alternating spoonfuls of plain and chocolate batters into the prepared pan. Using a table knife or narrow metal spatula, gently cut through batters to marble.

4. Bake for 55 to 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. If necessary, cover loosely with foil during the last 15 minutes to prevent overbrowning.

5. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove bread from pan. Cool completely on wire rack. Wrap and store overnight before slicing. If desired, serve with chocolate-hazelnut spread. Makes 16 servings.

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