Banana bread with bourbon, spices, cherries & chocolate chips
Recipe adapted from Smitten Kitchen
I am super guilty of always buying bananas and completely neglecting them until the only thing I can do is make banana bread. They always seem like such a good idea in the store. I think, maybe I'll make smoothies this week, or have them on toast but it never ends up happening. I just end up with 3 or 4 overripe bananas.
I've experimented around with creating different kinds of banana bread, but I have finally settled on my go-to favorite kind. Does anyone remember when Peet's Coffee had chocolate cherry banana bread? Or wait, do they still make it?? Either way, that was always a favorite of mine and so I began substituting nuts in my banana bread for dried cherries. The last time I decided to make banana bread, I was searching for some new twist when I came across Smitten Kitchen's Jacked Up Banana Bread. Banana bread with bourbon? Sign me up! I updated her recipe a little by using my favorite spices and of course chocolate chips and cherries! This is also one of the easiest recipes ever! I hope you like this banana bread as much as I do. I might need to go make some right now actually...
[ INGREDIENTS ]
3 very ripe bananas, smashed
1/3 cup salted butter, melted
¾ cup brown sugar
1 ½ tablespoons bourbon (I used Bulliet)
1 teaspoon baking soda
Pinch of salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon cardamom
1 ½ cups plain flour
1 cup chocolate chips
½ heaping cup chopped dried cherries
[ DIRECTIONS ]
Once upon a time a girl named Megan created a batch of cupcakes and fell madly in love with baking.