Monday, April 11, 2011

Mini Marble Rum Chocolate Banana Bread


This is not your regular banana and chocolate marble cake where you will not only taste banana and chocolate. There are few teaspoonful of extra ingredients that are added to this bread, creating a surprising pleasant and non-overpowering complex flavour profile. All these ingredients are distinguishable if one eats a tiny bite of the bread at a time. 

This morning, I distribute a slice of the bread to my co-workers and friends at work to see if they have a good palate and are able to distinguish some of the hidden flavours. Some manage to get it all right and some got 1-2 ingredients correct, apart from the basic and obvious ones. This marble cake is sweet, nutty, moist, and zingy, and the rum helps to accentuate the flavour combinations for a rich and mellow taste. Consider this as a fun game to give to your guests at your next dinner party.

Makes 8 mini loaves (or 1 loaf)
Adapted from Nos 200 Meilleurs Desserts et Biscuits
Preparation Time: 30 mins
Baking Time: 30-35 mins (or 55-60 mins)
Printable Recipe

Ingredients

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp lemon zest
1/4 tsp grated nutmeg
3-4 very ripe bananas, mashed
2 eggs
3/4 cup white sugar
1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted
2-3 tbsp dark rum
3 oz. bittersweet chocolate

Procedure

1. Preheat oven to 350F. Oil bread loaf or mini-bread loaf pan.

2. In a large bowl, sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Add in lemon zest, nutmeg, and cinnamon.

3. In an another bowl, whisk bananas, eggs, sugar, butter, rum until blended.


4. Make a well in the middle of the dry ingredients and pour in the wet ingredients.


5. With a fork, slowly incorporate the wet ingredients into the dry ones until moist. Do not overwork it.


6. In another small bowl, melt chocolate over simmering water. Stir 1/3 of the banana batter into the melted chocolate until combined.


7. Spoon banana batter alternately with chocolate batter in a loaf pan or mini-loaf pan. Swirl batter with a knife for a marble effect.


8. Bake for 30-35 mins for mini-bread loaf (or 55-60 mins for bread loaf) until it passes the toothpick test.

40 comments:

  1. I like the way you described your addition of rum as hidden flavours into these innocent looking loaves. I would love to do this to my cakes but will be strictly for adults consumption only. That will be nice :D

    ReplyDelete
  2. I am seduced by the idea of this bread; love the addition of rum and banana in a marble cake; gives it both depth of flavor and moistness. Will make it soon.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Nice pictures Victor! I think they're definitely improving. Did you learn some lighting tricks in the last few posts?

    ReplyDelete
  4. Rum makes everything better. With the possible exception of my coordination.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Addictive looking marble bread. Addition of rum would have made it so flavorful

    ReplyDelete
  6. I am so impressed with this recipe - I've never come across anything like it. I bet it is delicious! I'm printing it now :) Thanks

    ReplyDelete
  7. The addition of dark rum must have given those banana loaves some extra flavours. Yummy!

    ReplyDelete
  8. Mini marble cake looks amazing and gorgeous..

    ReplyDelete
  9. from the ingredients you have added inside, I can see the combination of ingredients to bring out the flavours, esp the rum and bittersweet choc. Lovely Victor.

    ReplyDelete
  10. @Anonymous
    Thanks for noticing it! I took this picture outside on my backyard, now that it is finally summer. That day was very cloudy and I'm amazed on how these pics turned out, simply with my point-and-shoot. Clouds are great as light filters so now harsh light on the food.

    The other blog posts are taking at night, I take pictures with 3 clamp lamps lighting upwards and 1 floor lamp with a bright source. Adobe Lightroom Photoshop 3 is used to adjust the white balance. Hope this helps.

    ReplyDelete
  11. This recipe sounds delicious! I like the addition of lemon zest, for sure. (I recently baked sourdough banana bread with orange zest, and that definitely worked.) I'm trying to imagine how it tastes with nutmeg. I think cinnamon would be a natural complement to these flavors, but nutmeg sounds interesting.

    ReplyDelete
  12. I love dark rum with bananas and anything with chocolate. Your loaves look so beautiful and delicious. Thanks so much for sharing your recipe. You have a wonderful blog. I'll be following along with you.

    Have a great day! Candace

    ReplyDelete
  13. i hardly use nutmeg in my bakes, i dont think it will make significance difference if i skip that, i want to try this one day! that's a nice mini loaf pan too!

    ReplyDelete
  14. sa texture est parfaite bien moelleuse et comme il doit être savoureux le marbré est bien réussi
    bonne soirée

    ReplyDelete
  15. Those look fabulous! I love that combination of flavors. Rum is such a great addition.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

    ReplyDelete
  16. I love the combo of rum and chocolate then addition of banana made this bread brings another level.

    ReplyDelete
  17. Victor, I love everything about these! Zingy is a good thing and so isn't rum. I love the idea of baking them in mini loaf pans!

    ReplyDelete
  18. @lena
    There are many ingredients that you can easily omit like the zest, rum, cinnamon and nutmeg if you want simply the classic banana and chocolate bread. I would suggest to add some low-fat yoghurt once you mixed the banana mix to give a moist texture.

    ReplyDelete
  19. Fantastic! Great addition for the rum. I'll be trying it the next time I bake banana bread. :)

    ReplyDelete
  20. I love it with my cup of tea!
    Have a nice day, Barbara

    ReplyDelete
  21. You had me at "rum". This is my kind of bread.

    ReplyDelete
  22. Rum? Cinnamon? Nutmeg? AND lemon? This is too much! But in a good way :) And how many loaves did you bake? :O You can have very lucky co workers :)

    ReplyDelete
  23. What a delicious and inviting bread! I love the surprise of the rum! Great flavors.

    ReplyDelete
  24. Ooo, you've got me sold with this one! Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters
    P.S. I'm following you now :)

    ReplyDelete
  25. I just won a six mini heart shape non stick pan from a blogger's giveaway. Your recipe sound perfect for me to try out this new pan. Thanks for sharing.

    ReplyDelete
  26. Can't go wrong with rum! These mini cakes are so cute!

    ReplyDelete
  27. i like loaf breads but can't really control myself when i have to slice them. Usually one slice becomes multiple slices hmm. So putting these lovely babies into mini loafs are perfect for me :P

    ReplyDelete
  28. These look good! I've missed your comments on my blog. What do you think of my Easy Parmesan Chicken? Tomorrow I'm posting my favorite recipe ever just in time for Easter baking...big soft sugar cookies. I'm even putting up my best vanilla frosting recipe. Break out your cookie cutters!
    Sandy
    www.twelvemakesadozen.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  29. What a terrific combination of flavors going on in this bread! Oh how I would love to buy a couple of these baking pans! :)

    ReplyDelete
  30. Looks delicious Victor! BTW Have you ever posted a recipe for deep fried meringues? would love to try them.

    ReplyDelete
  31. Victor, this bread is just so beautiful and I love the flavors that you used! Thanks for sharing this lovely creation. I hope you are having a nice Monday!

    ReplyDelete
  32. They looks fantastic- perfectly done!
    US Masala

    ReplyDelete
  33. Those look delicious, Victor! I love tasty quick breads like this. The chocolate and rum must be wonderful together.

    ReplyDelete
  34. Victor, you've got some wonderful flavours going on in your cake recipes. The rum is a nice touch.

    ReplyDelete
  35. Your bread looks so beautiful and sounds delicious, Victor! I love the marbled effect. The chocolate really elevates plain ol' banana bread to a new level:)

    ReplyDelete
  36. Love the marbled design and that fact that they are mini. Perfect!!

    ReplyDelete
  37. I have a similar baking pan I haven't used. I make banana bread all the time and I'm sure I'll try this marbled version. Thank you for stopping by my blog!

    ReplyDelete

LinkWithin

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...