Monday, February 25, 2013

Secret Recipe Club: Judy's Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

For Secret Recipe Club this month, I was assigned the blog My Judy the Foodie, which is where Shari shares her adventures in cooking her mother Judy's recipes.  Shari describes herself as a former "clueless cook" who had couldn't even boil water, but all that changed when she came across her mother Judy's treasure trove of recipes.  Now, Shari shares these recipes with us, along with sweet stories about her mom. 

I knew that I wanted to make one of Judy's recipes for SRC and I happened to have 3 extra ripe bananas, ready to be turned into something delicious.  When I scanned the recipe index, my eyes lit up at the sight of "Judy's Chocolate Chip Banana Bread."  In my opinion the best banana bread recipes are always the ones shared by friends and family, passed through the generations.  So I was sure that this banana bread would be amazing.  After reading the accompanying post, where Shari describes how this particular banana bread recipe was a staple and much requested treat in her mother's home, I couldn't wait to get baking.  Put simply, this banana bread rocks!  It is moist and the perfect density.  If you follow the directions, your chocolate chips will be perfectly spread throughout the bread.  In fact, I might have to start a "ripening corner" in my own kitchen, so that I can always have this banana bread on hand.  And I highly recommend that you go bake your own immediately!  Thank you, Shari and Judy!

Judy's Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

From My Judy the Foodie
Makes 2 loaves

1/2 cup unsalted butter (room temperature)
1 2/3 cup sugar
2 eggs slightly beaten
1  1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1  1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 pint sour cream (I used low fat sour cream - 1 pint = 2 cups)
3 mashed bananas
2 cups flour (less 1 Tablespoon flour)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups chocolate chips

Cream butter and sugar.  Add eggs and salt and mix well.

Dissolve baking powder and baking soda in sour cream (sour cream will begin to foam, then add to above mixture).
Slowly add banana pulp.

Slowly add flour.

Add vanilla.

Place chocolate chips in ziploc bag with remaining 1tablespoon of flour to cover chips so they won’t sink to the bottom of the loaf when they bake. Then add to mixture.

Grease two (2) loaf pans with butter and pour batter into both pans.

Bake at 350 for 90 minutes. Check after an hour with toothpick or skewer as some ovens bake in 1 hour. Mine was done in about 65 minutes.

Release from pan once cool.

Let cool on wire rack.

Sprinkle confectioner’s sugar on top.

This bread freezes well and tastes just as good, if not better, when it’s still a bit very cold in the center!


  1. so happy you enjoyed this bread. It's our favorite. I think I make it once a week and freeze a loaf. oh, by the way, it's just as good FROZEN.

    Great choice for SRC!

  2. THAT looks LUSCIOUS! I am your secret partner and it is lovely to meet you BOTH! L Karen

  3. YUM. You can never go wrong with banana bread!

  4. I was actually just thinking about making some banana bread! I will definitely have to give this a try. Thanks for sharing :)

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

  5. I have always wanted to try banana bread with chocolate chips in it. I had 2 ripe bananas just yesterday, but my 5 year old ate them. LOL

    Happy Reveal Day!

  6. Yumm! That looks wonderful - great choice!!

  7. Looks like this is a must make recipe! Now to get the bananas ripening!

  8. Shari, The Saucy GourmetFebruary 25, 2013 at 5:08 PM

    I am always looking for good recipes for ripe bananas, can't wait to try this wonderful bread this weekend

  9. This banana bread was my second choice when I had Shari's blog for January's SRC. It seriously looks amazing! Banana bread is one if my husbands favorite foods, so he would be so ecstatic if I made it again! Great choice for SRC!

  10. Nice to meet you too Karen! Glad you liked the carrot muffins!!

  11. Ooh, I have 3 bananas on my counter right now, so I may just have to save them and use them to make this bread! Great pick this month :)

  12. I love adding chocolate chips to banana bread, my family wont eat it without them. Who doesn't like a little chocolate in their food though? :)Yours turned out great.

    Thank you so much for being a member of the Secret Recipe Club, and sharing your cooking talents with us.

  13. I love adding chocolate chips to banana bread!

  14. YUM! There's nothing like banana bread with chocolate chips...YUM

  15. I love looking through my grandma's old recipes, so much fun to see and try other family's old recipes too! This looks super tasty, anything with chocolate chips HAS to be good!!


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