Going bananas...

I can never leave well enough alone.

My husband - a Southern boy through and through when it comes to his food - is a fan of simple recipes.  Leave it the way it was originally written - using cookbooks with just WORDS and no pictures...(wha??) and trusting recipes from a few specific chefs only.

Me?  I'm a little more adventurous.  First, I need pretty pictures so I know what my food is supposed to look like when it's done.  Second, I head to the world wide internets first for recipes that have been tried and reviewed by hundreds of every day cooks like myself.  Third, I'll usually change it up a little bit.

Such is the case with the 2 loaves of banana bread that I made this past weekend.  We were heading out of town for a few days, and my bananas were already turning brown.  (I have this love/hate relationship with bananas.  No one in our house really eats them, like EVER...but they are so darn cheap I can never pass them up at the store.  It's a sickness)  We do, however, enjoy a good banana bread.

So...make note of these recipes.  They both resulted in a delicious banana bread that ended up being more like dessert than the simple recipes I'm used to.

The first - Banana Nutella Bread.  I'd seen this on Pinterest and knew I had to try it at some point.  With a banana hanger full of brown bananas, it was first up on my list.

You can find the original recipe at Baking with Basil.  This bread was really tasty - we took it to the beach with us and ate it for breakfast in the morning one day with coffee.  

The second pin that caught my eye was this one:

It looked fun - a peanut butter banana bread, with swirls of homemade chocolate sauce.  This is the kind of baking I LOVE.  When most people wouldn't bother to make a homemade chocolate sauce, it's right up my alley.  I decided that not only would I make the homemade chocolate sauce, I'd be adding chocolate chips AND butterscotch chips to the batter.  This loaf went into the freezer after a taste test - it's an absolutely amazing bread - sweet and almost candy like.  You'll want a big glass of milk or a steaming cup of coffee with it!  Find the original recipe at Piece of Cake - and then (trust me) throw in the milk chocolate and butterscotch chips!

Did you do any baking this week?