Saturday, November 20

Favorite - {Chocolate Banana and Pecan Bread}

After a few rounds of Call of Duty, he lifted himself from the worn couch and slowly stepped away. His profile appeared over his massive left shoulder, and he politely asked, "are you hungry?"

"No. Thank you," I quickly responded, having previously cataloged the contents of his refrigerator and kitchen cabinetry. Findings the results of my quick and thorough exploration both slim and unfavorable, I was left with no option but to decline.


At my answer, a sly smile crossed his lips and a small dimple welcomed itself on his cheek. His short fingers connected with the refrigerator handle as he turned his head over his thick neck. "You know, for someone who bakes a lot, you really don't eat much, do you?" He laughed, collecting sandwich fillings from the top shelf of refrigerator, and placed them on the counter. "Are you sure?"

"Yes - definitely. I'm not hungry, thank you," I lied, watching the mammoth twist the dispenser on a bottle of French's mustard. The iconic yellow container was lost between his fingers as he painted a layer of the the condiment over a slice of white bread. After topping it with three perfectly round slices of olive loaf, he sealed the top with an additional slice of bread and lifted the plate from his kitchen counter. It took him three steps to make it back to the couch, where he fell heavily onto the cushions.

"My favorite sandwich," he proudly proclaimed, balancing the plate on his lap and searching for the remote with his free hand. "It's what my mom always made for me," he explained whilst simultaneously flipping sandwiches and taking a huge bite out of his most favorite meal, "when I was younger, you know?" The last words came out peppered with bits of Wonderbread and olive loaf, and I shared with him the most genuine smile that I could muster. He'd turned on the game and fallen into a bit of a football frenzy, blindly and quickly masticating his sandwich as he made noises of encouragement, excitement and frustration in the TV's direction.


I didn't have any idea who was playing, or much of an understanding of the game's rules for that matter, so I occupied my hands with the hem of my jeans and my mind with my thoughts. I began to brutally dissect the guy's meal in my head, unable to think of olive loaf as anything but repulsive and inedible. But as I was destroying his sandwich like a cafeteria bully, I began to think about the "repulsive" things that I like to eat and had a sudden change of heart. The sauerkraut and Brussels sprouts that my family made for me while I was growing up are disgusting to many, many people, but I consider them a comfort food. So, seeing a similarity, I mentally rebuilt the poor guy's sandwich and cast an understanding smile in his direction.

It was that day that I promised myself that I would dial back my food snobbery.

And also that I would never, ever, ever eat an olive loaf and mustard sandwich.

Because that's important, too.

What do you consider a comfort food? Do you eat anything that your friends think you're crazy for liking? I wanna know!

Chocolate Banana and Pecan Bread
This bread is very, very soft and moist. Seriously delicious and definitely a new favorite for me!
Printable Recipe

1 c (142g) flour
1/4 c + 1 Tbls (27g) cocoa powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 c (100g) granulated sugar
1/2 c (80g) packed brown sugar
1 egg
1/2 c (118ml) vegetable oil
1 c (236ml) mashed very ripe banana
1/3 c + 1 Tbls (90ml) sour cream
3/4 tsp vanilla
3/4 c (177ml) pecans

Preheat your oven to 350F (176C). Grease one 8 1/2" x 4 1/2" loaf pan or three 5 3/4" x 3" loaf pans and set aside.

In a small bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together the sugars, egg and vegetable oil. Add in the banana, sour cream and vanilla. Sift 1/2 of the dry ingredients over the wet, and fold to combine. Add the pecans and repeat with the remaining half. Pour into the prepared pan and bake until the bread is firm to the touch and slightly cracked, about 60 minutes. Cool on a rack completely before glazing.

Quick Glaze

A splash of milk
Powdered sugar

Pour the milk into a bowl and sift powdered sugar over the top. Whisk to combine and add enough powdered sugar to form a thick glaze. Pour over the cooled bread and top with additional pecans, if desired.

30 comments:

  1. Kaitlin,

    Everytime I read your blog posts I'm blown away. I mean your food is beautiful + incredible too; keep it up!
    As a fellow baker haha....I may share in the food snobbery. Or maybe I've always been like that and it's just gotten worse. As such, I can't just eat "food". It has to fall into my limited and picky category of favourable foods.
    I typically go for some kind of cheesecake for my comfort food... on the savoury side, strange it seems and despite disliking greasy food, I'm still an avid chicken & pineapple pizza fan. I did have a pickles phase at one point!

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  2. Oooh, how I feel your pain! I am militant about what I am and am not willing to eat. If someone likes some food that's "weird" but homemade, I'm okay with that. Everyone has to love their mom's bad cooking and stuff. But when people love just bad processed $#!) from some factory in Jersey? I feel free to scorn. This, of course, coming from a girl who still has a soft spot for bologna sandwiches with fritos (in the sandwich), but I haven't had one in like 6 years.

    I think your chocolate, banana, and pecan bread will unite us all!

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  3. Anything with mashed potatoes. Growing up in a big irish family, potatoes were a staple in our usual dinnertime routine. Unfortunately, the mashed potatoes at school are entirely disappointing.
    Your chocolate banana and pecan bread sounds wonderful! I'll have to give it a try.

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  4. I adore frog legs, and my friends think that's pretty nutty. It's a pretty typical French thing though and normal in my family, hah.

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  5. I absolutely love everything about your blog!! The pictures are Perfect....inspiring and teasing. The overall Layout is Perfect leaving the focus where it should be...your incredible recipes.
    Thank you for your hard work!!
    A fan,
    Julia Hull

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  6. Mmmmm...comfort food! I'm pretty normal when it comes to what I'll eat. I did live for a few months on peanut butter and pickle sandwiches in 8th grade when I discovered the Kinsey Millhone novels. My younger brother used to make sandwiches with Eggo brand french toast waffles, pepperoni and peanut butter or syrup. We gave him a lot of grief for that.

    This bread, though: YUM!

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  7. i love the look of your pecan bread....and your photos are amazzzzing!!.....great job.

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  8. I don't even know what an olive loaf is - and by the sounds of your post, I don't think I want to know! :)
    But food snobbery aside, my favourite comfort food is laksa... I could eat it everyday - some people may be turned off by the strong aromatics and fish smell but I love it! Oh, and your chocolate banana and pecan bread? Would definitely love to try this!

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  9. Yummy! The bread looks so moist, I love the glaze on top(: Pop tarts are a comfort food for me, they're so easy to eat!

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  10. I love love love any baked good with banana in!

    I have far too many comfort foods. The ultimate savoury one has to be bread, fresh from the oven. You know, when it's so fresh that it's almost difficult to cut nicely.
    At this time of year of course there's nothing like a warm mince Pie either.
    Do you eat them in the states?

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  11. I am crazy about marmite, but almost everyone I know thinks it's gross (and that I'm gross for liking it).
    Cel... frog legs! I know it's pretty common in France, but it makes me incredibly sad to know that people eat frogs. I love them dearly and even kept some as pets. I couldn't bring myself to eating them... I would feel like I'm eating a friend!

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  12. Ding dongs....although they aren't as good as they used to be (30 years ago when I was a kid), they still bring back wonderful memories. Thanks for coming back and posting, I missed you!

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  13. ooh ooh ooh... chocolate and banana loaf... NEVER thought of adding the chocolate and now i'm slapping my head in frustration... genius! and adorable photo's too!... my favourite comfort food is cheese and jam on toast... a lot of people seem to think it odd but I love it...

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  14. ia m fasinated by what people eat for comfort...totally incredible! For me...one of my favourites growing up was white bread with peanutbutter and regular lays chips sandwich...soemthing about the soft bread, smooth pb and crunchy crisps!! Loving your recipe as well, and the photos, as always...gorgeous! :)

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  15. They look like great, big, chocolate lamingtons!

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  16. I am just extremely, terribly picky. There are huge groups of food I don't eat.
    I don't eat cow, porridge, exotic fruits (Those are exactly, nectarines, peaches, abricots, plums and mango). I don't like most sauce either. And I don't like parsley and oregano. (So I don't eat most pizza either >.>)
    I'm only just learning to eat fish.
    My comfort food? Broccoli and carrots! :D
    Fast food? Never tried it, never will (':

    Oh but I love all vegetable soup!
    I'm gonna try out the chocolate banana bread though, sounds delicious! ^^

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  17. This bread is comfort food... it looks wonderful. His sandwich sounds terrible!

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  18. Its odd, the different foods that different people find comforting. I, for one, hated chocolate when I was a kid, so its glamorous to me, not comforting as most people find it.
    Your 'bread' sounds so delicious...I almost feel as if it should have a totally unique title of own, 'bread' doesn't quite capture its greatness. And the photographs are gorgeous!

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  19. Oh my gosh this is cool!! What fun and flavorful combination's.. and of course, your pictures are wonderful!

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  20. There's hardly a thing I don't like or not willing to try. I like think I'm more open to eating some things, even things that I felt an aversion to before but somehow made myself warm to the idea of or at least warmed up to it enough that I'd be willing to try should opportunity arise. I'm often called nuts for eating a number of things, comfort food or not, that most people I know don't eat - mango skin being one example, off the top of my head. I don't like cooked sushi, it tastes weird. Regular sushi is fine.

    The thing I always look forward to most when I come here is to read your words. I always feel as if I'm reading a story, something out of a well-crafted novel. What kind of books do you read and who are your favourite authors? I'd love to know. I'm bookmarking this recipe, hope to make it someday! It looks like it would go great with a cup of coffee or chai. :)

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  21. Ooooh, this looks nice! I have a couple of over ripe bananas that are ready to take part!
    Just wanted to wish you and your family a really fabulous Thanksgiving. May you always have much to be thankful for.
    *kisses* HH

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  22. Chocolate and banana nut bread are 2 of my favorite sweet treats, so how could I resist the combination of the 2?

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  23. Thanks so much for all the input! I love to hear from you guys :)

    @Alice: I've never had a mince pie, but I'd certainly like to try one!

    @Zoe: Thank you! Actually, I hate to say it, but I don't read much. I did really like "The Time Traveler's Wife" when I read it a few years ago, though. The author writes beautifully!

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  24. That looks great. I love the combo of banana and chocolate.

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  25. My comfort foods:

    Rice with butter and soy sauce (I grew up in the Philippines).

    Fried okra (the way my grandmother made it).

    Fried potatoes and onions (the way mom would make it on cold mornings before school).

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  26. I just wanted to say that I made this bread for Thanksgiving, and everyone raved about it! For any other vegans out there, it works perfect to substitute the dairy sour cream with tofutti sour cream, and the egg with 1 tbs. of ground flax seed mixed with 3 tbs. of water. For the glaze, soy or almond milk works just fine.

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  27. Hey, I tried this recipe and it was absolutely amazing! I blogged about it here:

    http://stephslittleblog.blogspot.com/2010/11/man-shirt.html
    (I also linked you, if you were wondering).

    Love, Steph
    http://stephslittleblog.blogspot.com/

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  28. I am liking this P guy more and more, I absolutely love Olive loaf and Mustard sandwiches. I think he is a keeper Sweetie.

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  29. hello! i love the picture of the banana cake,it made me go very hungry..anyway,i was just wondering whether the sour cream can be relpaced with yogurt?

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  30. I live in Uruguay, we just finish dinner and the banana bread has been in the over for an hour and now is resting on the table. I think my boyfriend wont wait for the glaze...
    10 minutes later and half of the banana bread is on the table... amazing taste!
    Tx u so much for this recipe! I love it!

    kisses from Uruguay :)

    Carola

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