Banana Espresso Chocolate Chip Bread / by Alice Zhao

This lazy Sunday yielded some baking time for me. I stole a few bananas from my sister's yesterday and attempted to make banana bread for the first time. I tried out an adapted recipe from the Baked cookbook that I found online and added walnuts for kicks. Well I sort of cheated and didn't have instant espresso, so I ran some instant coffee through my spice grinder to get a really fine instant coffee powder. I swear I didn't just make this up! I read about this here, using a 1:1.5 ratio (espresso to coffee).

Banana Espresso Chocolate Chip Bread

I think they turned out ok. Jared thinks they were a little dry- they definitely were not as moist as I was hoping they'd be. Also, I'm personally not a huge fan of chocolate (gasp!). Ok let me correct that. I like melted chocolate, but not chocolate in solid form (except m&m;'s... and snickers ... and twix... ok fine maybe I like chocolate). However, the chips didn't melt while baking (any suggestions?) and some of the chips that sunk to the bottom stuck to the bottom of the loaf pan leaving chip holes on the bottom of the loaf when pulling these suckers out.

Banana Espresso Chocolate Chip Bread

Atleast they're pretty! :) Maybe I'll try this recipe again-- I think I just need mushier bananas. Mine were definitely not of the preferred over-ripeness/mushiness!

*edit: jared says they tasted pretty good and moist after i wrapped them in saran wrap overnight for him to bring to work for his monday morning breakfast :) *