Tuesdays with Dorie: Black-and-White Banana Loaf

August 5, 2008 at 5:32 am | Posted in cakes & tortes, groups, simple cakes, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 54 Comments

black-and-white banana loaf

I love a making loaf cakes (and Bundts, too…wink, wink, nudge, nudge), so I was glad to see that Ashlee of A Year In The Kitchen chose Dorie’s Black-and-White Banana Loaf for TWD this week.  Loaf cakes are basically throw together no-brainers, although this one has the extra steps of melting chocolate, mashing a banana and marbling.  Still no-brainers, but with a few more bowls to wash at the end.

I also love stuff baked with bananas.  I do find this odd, since I don’t like raw bananas at all–ick!  But they smell so good baking in the oven, and make for super-moist cakes, breads and muffins.  You’ll hear no complaints from me on this cake (it tastes just like you’d expect), although perhaps I could work on my marbling skills…what I did just looks like blobs.  Dorie said to make this more white than black, but I paid that no mind and went more black than white.

black-and-white banana loaf

Did I tell you I found a half-size loaf pan a couple months ago?  Really, I don’t even know why I have larger baking pans anymore…they rarely see the light of day.  The little guy’s almost as deep as a normal loaf, though, so it doesn’t really shave anything off the baking time.

black-and-white banana loaf

Look in Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan or read Ashlee’s post to find the recipe.  Don’t forget to check out the TWD Blogroll to see what over 200 other people had to say!

P.S.: I’m still out of town…back in a couple days!


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  1. Beautiful! Your marbling looks good to me! I used more chocolate as well, but I thought it tasted wonderful!

  2. Looks great! Mine is in the oven now and I can’t wait!

  3. Your marbeling looks so much better than mine! Looks great!

  4. I think your marbling looks great!

  5. I love the way yours turned out! I love bananas baked in things too. I will have to look for some of those half-size loaf pans- I’m sure I would get a lot of use out of them!

  6. Seriously? A half size loaf pan?! I’m so jealous! I went more black than white too – never too much of a good thing!

  7. That’s funny, I’m the other way around. I love raw bananas and I don’t love bananas in baked goods. 🙂 Your slices look great!

  8. How pretty!! Nice job!

  9. I think it looks lovely, you did a nice job. I love the close up of the bread next to the strawberry.

  10. Yours looks fabulous! be sure to check out our creation!

  11. Beautiful loaf! Love the swirl and how moist it looks. YUM!
    Clara @ iheartfood4thought

  12. It looks delicious! Your marbling looks great!

  13. I think your marbling looks great!

  14. Turned out great.

  15. …mmm! I just bought bananas today. Maybe I’ll let them get really ripe just so I can make this. 🙂

  16. Your banana loaf looks so good! Lovely pictures 🙂

  17. Your bread doesn’t look bad at all! Great photographs!

  18. Lovely bread!!! Looks so moist! I’m the same way: I don’t like raw bananas at all, but I LOVE banana bread! Great job!

  19. that looks so lovely. i would have leaned towards the dark side too. too bad mine didn’t work out that well. *bah*

  20. Looks very great, especially with that strawberry parked beside it…love the strawberries always.

    No kidding on the more dishes to wash part…I was thinking the same thing. My guys, however, thought it was worth it…they loved it.

    Half pan…hmmm…what is that and where did you find it?

  21. Looks great! Glad you liked it 🙂

  22. Your bread looks lovely! I was inclined to do more chocolate too!

  23. This looks really good to me. Good job!

  24. Beautiful pictures as usual, it looks so nice and moist!

  25. It looks wonderful!! Beautiful job!

  26. Yum – that looks great! And I think next time I’ll also make mine more black than white. Nice job!

  27. Steph, your banana cake looks fabulous! SO moist and delicious! Well done!

  28. Your loaf looks moist and delicious! I think your blobs came out perfect!

  29. It looks wonderful, and the filber gateau – oh my goodness!

  30. Yeah I didn’t listen to that whole more white than black thing either…I mean more chocolate the better right?!! I also did some variations with my chocolate which honestly I think made this an amazing cake. YUM!

  31. Ciao ! complimenti for the banana loaf as well for the filbert gateaux ! your decoration skills are great !

  32. Looks so chocolately & moist. Great job!

  33. Great photographs! Your chocolate looks very rich and dense!

  34. You are right about the fantastic aroma of banana baked goods-nothing better! Yours looks delicious.

  35. Nice job. I like the strawberry in the picture — nice contrast to the banana loaf.

  36. Oh wowww…YUM!
    Your loaf looks gorgeous….and you definitely do not need to work on your marbling skills, it looks fine to me!
    Great job

  37. Looks good!

  38. Lovely marbling 🙂 I might have to play with this one later and do what you did – more chocolate… Hope your out of town is great!

  39. Hope you’re having a grand time in the good ol’ US-of-A! I love your new look, I know I already said that, but I’ll say it again! Your loaf looks wonderfully marbled. I had some issues with this recipe, but I’m willing to give it another try.

  40. YUM YUM YUM.
    Like a chocolate covered banana in cake form. 🙂

  41. Looks really yummy! Chocolate, bananas…perfect together!

  42. Nice job on the marble! Very good pics as well!

  43. Oh boy. This looks WAY too good. And the red strawberry is the perfectttt contrast.

  44. Gorgeous! Your pictures always look fab! (I’m just a teensy bit jealous.) Great job!

  45. Nice looking loaf!

  46. I am not fond of banana bread, but this looks rather tempting – lovely and moist.

  47. Great loaf it looks absolutely devine! :o)

  48. I think your marbling looks fine! 🙂

  49. The chocolate part looks very chocolaty..

  50. Absolutely beautiful cake, and the marbling is great! I simply adore banana cakes, and together with chocolate – perfection!

  51. Oh my, that loaf looks absolutely divine – love it!!

    Hope your trip is going well!!

  52. This looks so it, it is almost pudding like.

  53. really? i guess i missed that part where dorie said to make it more white than black! ha!

    your loaf looks super moist and delicious

  54. i love all things banana and i’m always looking for a new recipe to try out. love your photos with the strawberries, nice balance!

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