TWD: Cocoa Nana Bread

by Holly on January 26, 2010

You would think, with my penchant for all things chocolate, and adding in the fact that I love bananas, that this bread would have been a total hit for me. Well, the Cocoa Nana Bread – a ‘quick’ bread (mixes quickly, but takes a considerable amount of time to bake up) concoction of cocoa, chocolate, bananas and other similar ingredients to banana bread – was chosen by Steph of Obsessed with Baking. This week’s Tuesdays with Dorie recipe, sadly, was not my favorite. I liked it fine – but I just didn’t love it. I’m really not sure why. It wasn’t too dry, too moist, too banana-y or too chocolatey (as if that could happen). It was just kind of *meh* for me. Really, really weird reaction – and it still has me confused.

The batter itself was easy and even fun to make. A joy to work with and behaved exactly as I expected it to. No problems whatsoever. It just wasn’t my thing right now.
I blame it totally and solely on my pregnant taste buds and the mood I was in when I made it or something because I’m really and truly stumped as too why I didn’t want to just devour this whole loaf. I think that this recipe is definitely worth a try, and once I’ve got some time and/or energy back once we settle into a routine after the baby is here that I will have to revisit this.
Be sure to check out the other TWD Bakers and see what they thought.
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Snooky doodle January 26, 2010 at 9:48 am

wow this bread looks outrageously chocolatey . I would die for a slice 🙂

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Sarah, Maison Cupcake January 26, 2010 at 10:40 am

Oh I wish I could dive into that cake and pull back a slice like a duvet. Looks heavenly.

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Marthe January 26, 2010 at 10:48 am

Sorry you didn't like this… My coworkers were all over this one, so I had to fight to get a little nibble…

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Jennifer January 26, 2010 at 10:54 am

I wasn't wild about this either-I think it needed more banana.

It looks fabulous, though!

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Barbara Bakes January 26, 2010 at 11:44 am

Too bad you did love it. It looks so moist and chocolatey!

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chocolatechic January 26, 2010 at 1:01 pm

It sounded kind of meh to me as well, and I didn't want to waste my good chocolate on something that I might not like, so I didn't even make it.

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Kayte January 26, 2010 at 1:01 pm

Guys here liked it, but not Top 5 or anything. They thought it was just the right amount of bananas for just the right amount of chocolate, whatever that means. Yours looks great. Maybe sans baby on board you would have liked it better! Eager to hear that the baby has arrived!

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Jilla B January 26, 2010 at 3:13 pm

Initially, I felt the same way, but on the second day I thought this was much better. A little bit more of the banana flavor came through and toned down the chocolate. Not one of my favorite but not bad.

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Nancy/n.o.e January 26, 2010 at 3:31 pm

I thought the loaf was "meh" too. I think the elements fought each other. Yours looks beautiful.

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Manggy January 26, 2010 at 4:00 pm

Oh! Send the extras my way 🙂 I blame the tastebuds too… I mean, the top crust is just irresistible!

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Nichi January 26, 2010 at 6:45 pm

It didnt agree with me either and im nowhere near preggers!

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Flourchild January 26, 2010 at 7:54 pm

I wasn't feeling this recipe either..It sure looks pretty!

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Kelly D January 26, 2010 at 8:07 pm

I think this loaf couldn't commit…it needed to be more like chocolate cake or more like a banana bread. I liked it but sometimes meeting in the middle is kind of meh.

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Jodie January 26, 2010 at 8:28 pm

ooh, yours looks so dark and chocolatey! I didn't love this, either. I think I want to try it without the bananas. Cuz I love chocolate "bread!"

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Sook January 26, 2010 at 8:44 pm

I just saw this recipe on someone else's blog. This looks so rich and moist!

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theeclecticconnoisseur January 26, 2010 at 10:14 pm

I'm glad I wasn't the only one who didn't love this recipe! Like you said, it wasn’t bad. I guess I’ve just come to expect a certain “wow factor” to all Dorie recipes. 😉

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steph- whisk/spoon January 27, 2010 at 12:38 am

well, i does look great! i really liked it cubed up as a trifle base and layered with whipped cream!

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Susan January 27, 2010 at 2:28 am

Your bread looks so dark and rich. Sorry it didn't knock your socks off.

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Tracey January 27, 2010 at 4:48 am

It seems that this one was just "meh" for lots of people so you definitely weren't alone. Your loaf looks gorgeous! I made muffins and I liked them, but definitely not among my favorite TWD recipes.

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Carol Peterman January 27, 2010 at 5:45 am

I loved this bread and I'm so surprised there are so many take-it-or-leave-it reactions. I really love the bitter flavor of cocoa powder and I used a beautiful Swiss cocoa powder, which may have made a difference. Either way, yours looks lovely and makes me want to go make another loaf.

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margot January 27, 2010 at 6:10 am

Those are some gorgeous photos, your loaf looks perfect. I didn't love this one either, but it was definitely worth trying.

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vibi January 27, 2010 at 4:27 pm

Ohhhhh! Love the new blog look! It's new right? …and loooooove the loaf picture! WOW! What a great success!

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potsandpins.com January 27, 2010 at 4:57 pm

I just bought my 2nd Dorie cookbook…and am loving reading it – I know anything I make from it will be wonderful – but I just might have to postpone the recipe I was going to try and make this bread instead…thanks! xo, Nan

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Steph January 27, 2010 at 8:13 pm

Your loaf looks perfect! Sorry you didn't enjoy it. Thanks for baking along with me!

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TeaLady January 28, 2010 at 3:38 am

Yours looks great. Wish mine had looked as good. It was a 'meh' for me too. Ah, well

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ChichaJo January 29, 2010 at 9:03 am

This sounds like a combination I would love (chocolate and banana)! Congratulations on your pregnancy 🙂

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Cristie January 30, 2010 at 2:28 am

Your blog is beautiful! Too bad the bread wasn't what you'd hope it would be, it sure looks tasty.

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Sue Sparks February 2, 2010 at 3:23 pm

Well, it sure LOOKS fabulous! I'd like to try a slice and decide for myself:)

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