ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Community Calendar

Community Artists Program
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Charlestown

Mah Jongg
12:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. Charlestown

Quilting Group
1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Charlestown

Hoxie Gallery opening reception
5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Westerly

Art Stroll
5 p.m. - 8 p.m. Westerly

40th Annual Tom McCoy Family Fun Run Series
5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. Westerly

Wildlife Wednesday: The Most Disgusting Fish in the Sea
7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Charlestown

... View all of today's events


Stay Connected


ADVERTISEMENT


image
Matthew Mead FR170582 AP
Chocolate banana ginger quick bread is shown. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

Quick bread for breakfast, brunch or afternoon


The great thing about quick breads also is the most obvious. They’re quick.

Stir together some ingredients, pop it in a pan, throw it in the oven. Your house will be filled with the fantastic smells of baking and you probably didn’t do more than 15 minutes work.

This quick bread is no exception. It is equally at home on a breakfast or brunch table, served with coffee or tea mid-afternoon with a dusting of powdered sugar, or after dinner with a dollop of whipped cream. We’ve combined the spicy fall flavors of gingerbread with the sweet, moist flavors of banana bread.

For nutrition, we added some bran. For fun, we flecked it with chopped bittersweet chocolate. Be sure to use very ripe bananas for the best flavor.

CHOCOLATE BANANA GINGER QUICK BREAD

Start to finish: 1 hour 15 minutes (15 minutes active. Servings: 16.

1 cup buttermilk

2 eggs

½ cup vegetable or canola oil

6 very ripe bananas, mashed

1 cup packed brown sugar

¼ cup honey

¼ cup molasses

2 cups bran

3 cups all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 tablespoon cinnamon

1 tablespoon ground dry ginger

½ teaspoon nutmeg

1 teaspoon ground cloves

1 cup finely chopped bittersweet chocolate

¾ cup finely chopped candied ginger

Heat the oven to 325 F. Spray a Bundt pan with baking spray.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, eggs, oil, bananas, brown sugar, honey, molasses and bran. Let sit for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, in another medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves.

Once the banana-bran mixture has sat for 10 minutes, add the flour mixture to it and gently stir just until the dry ingredients are moistened. Gently fold in the chopped chocolate and chopped ginger. Spoon the mixture into the prepared pan and bake for 50 to 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted at the center comes out clean.

Let cool for 15 minutes in the pan before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Nutrition information per serving: 380 calories; 110 calories from fat (29 percent of total calories); 13 g fat (3 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 25 mg cholesterol; 68 g carbohydrate; 6 g fiber; 34 g sugar; 6 g protein; 370 mg sodium.

Alison Ladman is a recipe developer for the AP. Follow her on Twitter at https://twitter.com/CrustAndCrumbCo.



Back to Food
Top Stories of the Week

O’Loughlin suit set to go to trial in September …
PROVIDENCE — A federal jury will decide whether three Westerly police officers are responsible for the 2011 death of a Mystic man who died about … more ...

Driver charged in accident that injured 2 on Route 78 …
WESTERLY — The driver involved in a car crash that injured two people on Route 78 Friday night has been charged by Westerly police with … more ...

Social media campaign seeks home for ‘Hopkinton Trio’ dogs …
HOPKINTON — Things are looking up for three stray dogs dubbed the “Hopkinton Trio.” The three young, pit bull-type dogs, believed to have been abandoned, … more ...

9 arrested, 22 cited in North Stonington spot check …
NORTH STONINGTON — State troopers arrested nine people and cited 22 others following a concentrated enforcement Saturday along Route 2. Connecticut State Police said the … more ...

Stonington High alumnus Toole plays NBA draft pick for a …
STONINGTON — Stonington High School graduate Connor Toole became an NBA draftee last week, but not exactly. An editor and comedy writer for Elite Daily, … more ...

Comments