Banana Bread with the Volume Turned Up

Banana Bread with the Volume Turned Up

div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-cUbmDBunwOA/TdU3JtqpbMI/AAAAAAAAAeg/XByYj0Ku3q4/s1600/breadrev4.jpg" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"img border="0" height="300" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-cUbmDBunwOA/TdU3JtqpbMI/AAAAAAAAAeg/XByYj0Ku3q4/s400/breadrev4.jpg" width="400" //a/divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"br //divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"I have extremely fond memories of banana bread.  My mom is the master at making it - she's been using the same recipe that she got in 8th grade Home Economics class - and it rocks.  Of course, it calls for buttermilk, which she makes herself.  It's always so good.  And growing up we had it at emevery /emfamily gathering.  In fact, we still do to this day./divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"br //divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"Lately  I've been thinking what banana bread would taste like with the volume turned up - like what would happen if we added some chocolate chips, some toasted walnuts, and perhaps a little embrandy/em???  Now that's what I'm talking about!  /divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"br //divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-a-CeqPOeyA/TdaIVX4otwI/AAAAAAAAAek/r5cxPaNbJY/s1600/breadrev2.jpg" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"img border="0" height="400" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-a-CeqPOeyA/TdaIVX4otwI/AAAAAAAAAek/r5cxPaNbJY/s400/breadrev2.jpg" width="300" //a/divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"br //divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"So I tried it out and have made this bread about 5 times since I had that thought.  It's absolutely, positively out of this world amazing - a texture and flavor delight.  It's savory enough to enjoy for breakfast and sweet enough to enjoy as a dessert - and I've been known to exercise both options in one day when this bread is in the house....hard to keep the mitts off!/divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"br //divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"This version was inspired by Nigella Lawson's recipe for Banana Bread from her "How to Be A Domestic Goddess" book.  I made a few tweaks to adjust to my tastes./divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"br //divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"Please make a loaf of this bread as soon as possible....banana bread will never be same for you!/divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"br //divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"strongBanana Bread/strong/divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"emRecipe Inspired by a href="http://www.nigella.com/recipes/view/banana-bread-142"Nigella Lawson/a/em/divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"emPhotos by A Toast to Taste/em/divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"br //divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"strongIngredients Needed:/strong/divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted/divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"1/4 cup white sugar/divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"1/4 cup brown sugar/divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"2 large eggs/divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"3-4 ripe bananas, mashed/divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"1 tsp vanilla /divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"1/4 cup brandy or bourbon/divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"1 cup plus 2 Tbsp AP flour/divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"2 tsp baking powder/divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"1/2 tsp baking soda/divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"1/2 tsp salt/divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"1/2 cup chocolate chips/divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"1/2 cup walnuts, chopped and toasted/divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"br //divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Grease a 9x5 loaf pan./divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"br //divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"Beat butter and sugar until blended.  Beat in the eggs, one at a time, followed by the bananas, vanilla and brandy.  Beat well.  In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  Add dry ingredients, a third at a time, to the wet ingredients.  Beat well.  Stir in chocolate chips and walnuts.  Pour mixture into loaf pan and bake for 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean./divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"br //divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"Remove from oven, let cool for 10 minutes.  Transfer loaf to wire rack to continue to cool for 15 minutes.  Slice and enjoy!/divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"br //divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"br //divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-mgCYmyVROzU/TdaLTPSTBCI/AAAAAAAAAeo/6T9m81dxoC4/s1600/breadrev3.jpg" style="margin-left: 1em; 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