Chocolate Banana Bread

Recipe taken from here. And I’m finally all out of bananas!


  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips (I used a mixture of dark and milk)
  • 2 bananas, mashed
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tsp rum/vanilla extract


1) Heat the oven to 350F/175C or toaster oven to 140C.

2) Melt the chocolate in a pan or microwave and let sit while you do the rest of the mixing.

3) Mash the banana with the sugars until it is almost smooth.

4) Add the canola oil and eggs and mix.

5) Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and sugar and mix.

6) Add the buttermilk and rum and mix.

7) Take one cup of the batter and mix it with the chocolate.

8) Pour the banana batter into the pan(s). Add the chocolate batter. Add more banana batter and more chocolate batter. Swirl with a knife.

9) Bake for 40 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean and the top is browning.

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Irish Soda Bread

I didn’t expect this to turn out well, since I’m making it in a toaster oven, but it came out great flavor wise! It is a bit dense, so I guess I’ll have to work on using a toaster oven a bit more.

Recipe taken from here.


  • 4 cups flour
  • 4 TBSP sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 TBSP butter, cold, and cut into small pieces
  • 1 3/4 cups buttermilk
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tsp orange zest
  • 1 cup dried currents, I used 1/2 cup cranberries, 1/2 cup raisins mixed with 1 TBSP of flour


1)Preheat the oven to 375F/190C or toaster oven to 150C

2) Mix the flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl.

3) Add the butter and mix until the butter is no longer found in clumps.

4) Mix the buttermilk, egg, and orange zest in a small bowl.

5) Slowly add the buttermilk mixture to the flour mixture.

6) Mix in the dried currents (cranberries, raisins).

7) Flour a cutting board and pour the batter on it and knead it a bit until it can form a loaf.

8) Place onto a baking tray with tinfoil and cut an X into the top.

9) Bake for 45-55 minutes.

10) Allow to cool before serving.

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Bread Pudding

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I used to HATE bread pudding. It was always just mushy bread to me. Until I had it in Ireland. In Ireland, french toast does not have cinnamon, so they load it in here, which I did not have in America. I also relate it to catering because it’s a pretty easy desert for them to do.


  • 3 pieces of bread
  • 1 TBSP butter, melted
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 3/8 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla


Potato Skins Pizza AND Bread Pudding 0211) Preheat the oven to 350F/175C.

2) Tear the bread apart and put it into the baking dish(es).

3) Pour the melted butter over the bread.

4) Mix the eggs, milk, sugar, cinnamon and vanilla.

5) Pour the egg mixture over the bread.

6) Cook for 25 minutes, or until the bread seems hard but springs to the touch.

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Banana Chocolate Chip Bread

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  • 4 mashed bananas
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk*
  1. 1/2 TBSP lemon juice
  2. just under 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 1/4 cup chocolate chips


Banana Chocolate Chip Bread 0011)Preheat the oven to 175C/350F

2) In a medium bowl mix the bananas, butter, brown sugar, eggs and vanilla.

3) In a big bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and salt.

4) Make a well and add the banana mixture and buttermilk and mix.

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6) Bake in a bread tin for 65-70 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. As mine were mini they took about 15-20 minutes.

*to make buttermilk, put the lemon juice in a measuring cup and fill it to the 1/2 cup mark with milk. Let sit for 5 minutes.

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