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posted: 10/17/13

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Chocolate Banana Pudding Bread! The best of both two breads marbled into one super bread!

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Okay. I went back and forth on whether or not to write about this. But the humor and irony of it is just too much for me to pass up. Really, the back and forth was about four seconds. I couldn’t wait to get my grubby little mitts all over this big pile of poo.

{If you know me in real life, you know that I rarely pass up an opportunity to open my mouth when I should probably keep it shut.}

Did y’all (I don’t really talk like this, but it seemed appropriate) catch Martha’s interview with Bloomberg TV? You know, that little gem where she asked “Who are these bloggers???” and talked about how we aren’t experts?

Chocolate Banana Pudding Bread!  The best of both two breads marbled into one super bread! via www.wineandglue.com

See?? Too yummy to pass up!

I first would like to say that I am so happy that I went with “Adventures of a wannabe crafty mom” and passed up “Total expert of anything and everything and Queen of the Universe” when I was toying with what to have as the tagline of my blog.

Martha’s comments about how we are not trained editors for Vogue Magazine and we don’t test our recipes and we just kind of scam off others (okay that was a loose paraphrasing) made me mad for my own sake for like thirty seconds.

And then I remembered that I’m not a trained editor for Vogue Magazine, I rarely retry a recipe before putting it up on the blog (gasp!), and I sometimes do take inspiration from others when coming up with recipe development. But remember?

I’m a wannabe.

Chocolate Banana Pudding Bread!  The best of both two breads marbled into one super bread! via www.wineandglue.com

No, I’m mad for the tons of other bloggers that I follow.

The insanely talented women (I don’t think I follow any men at the moment), who do test and retest recipes. Incredibly talented bakers and chefs, some with formal training and some with years of experience, who when they happen to mistype one little thing or make a recipe that not everyone loves, hear about it . . . in spades.

And did I happen to mention that these bloggers, not a single one of them, claim to be experts?

Okay, let’s get back to the funny part of all of this.

Oh Martha. You silly ‘ole gal. You are getting paid by bloggers!! Martha is the owner of a lucrative business called Martha’s Circle, an ad network that puts up ads on . . . . blogs. So that would be like one of the CEO’s of BlogHer coming out and saying, “Who are these bloggers?”

Right? I can’t get over the irony.

Chocolate Banana Pudding Bread!  The best of both two breads marbled into one super bread! via www.wineandglue.com

Okay, on to my very non expert recipe for today.

This is something of my own creation, made more than once, because the first go around was faaar from perfect. This is basically two bread recipes, cut in half and then marbled together. They get their moistness and a lot of their flavor from pudding mix, which is one of my favorite things to throw in baking . . . . a method I’m pretty sure the editors of Vogue would frown upon.

Banana and chocolate are two flavors that were made for each other, and whenever I’m pregnant, my body wants as much of that flavor combo as it can get. So this is one recipe, unlike many others that I probably will not be sending out of my house quickly. It’s to yummy to share!

Please note that the middle of the bread is very gooey, which I love, but if you don’t, make sure that you bake it a little longer than the recipe calls for.

Chocolate Banana Pudding Bread

For Banana Dough

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 package banana cream pudding mix (just the dry pudding mix)
  • 1 mushy banana
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 3 TBSP butter, melted
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup applesauce

For Chocolate Dough

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 package chocolate pudding mix (just the dry pudding mix)
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 6 TBSPs butter, melted
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Spray a bread pan lightly with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl combine the flour, baking soda, sugar, and banana pudding mix. Whisk together and set aside.
  3. In a smaller bowl mush up the old banana, then add the egg, butter, vanilla and apple sauce. Fold the banana mixture into the dry ingredients for the banana bread dough.
  4. In a third bowl (large please) combine the flour, baking soda, sugar, and chocolate pudding mix.
  5. In a fourth bowl (smaller please) combine the two eggs, six tablespoons melted butter, vanilla, and apple sauce. Then fold this mixture into the dry ingredients for the chocolate bread dough.
  6. You now have two large bowls filled with enough to make half a loaf of bread, one chocolate, and one banana. Working one spoonful at a time, add banana dough, then chocolate dough to the bread pan. Alternate in the pan until you have added all the dough. If you’d like it to have a slightly more marbled look (as I did), run a butter knife through the dough.
  7. Bake for 50 minutes. This will leave the middle of the bread slightly gooey, which I think is delicious. If you’d like it a little thicker, bake a little longer, waiting until a toothpick stuck in the middle comes out with just a few crumbs.
  8. Cool in the pan for 10 to 15 minutes, then remove from pan and let cool completely on a wire rack before you slice into it.

Note:  The dough (both the chocolate and the banana) will be very thick. Don’t worry, all will be moist and delicious when it comes out of the oven.

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  1. Jessica says

    OH NO YOU DIDN”T! Looks awesome!

  2. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust says

    I love this Lisa, the recipe and the post. And you are too an expert. Martha…well. She’s an expert at being a stuck up person. :)

  3. Heather @ French Press says

    well said Lisa! and I’m with Dorothy :) I happen to LOVE that gooey center

  4. Luv What You Do says

    Wow, this looks incredible!!! I’d love a slice right now!

  5. Tara @ Suburble says

    Okay – first, I love that you “went there”. I’m kind of “meh” on the Martha thing, only because I feel like she’s feeling very threatened right now and is probably saying all sorts of rubbish in order to get her name out there. She’s also been talking trash about Gwyneth too… what is going on in Martha’s brain?

    Second – I LOVE the marbled look of this loaf. In fact… maybe I can convince my posse to make this with me this weekend. :)

  6. Brenda @ SweetSimpleStuff says

    Lisa … well said! I’m pretty sure that Martha’s foot is stuck in her mouth right about now!
    Chocolate and bananas belong together in a bread with a gooey center :)

  7. cindylyn says

    I don’t like applesauce in quick breads (don’t like the grainy texture), so would substitute sour cream (which I use in most quick bread) ~ and then brush a quick glaze on the hot bread (powdered sugar, whisked with a squirt of chocolate syrup, maybe a tsp of unsweetened cocoa powder, and milk). The very light glaze also keeps it moist, and adds a nice translucent top

    • Lisa Longley says

      I think that everyone has really unique taste in food, but I do think it is important to note that in this recipe, you can’t taste the applesauce and it certainly doesn’t take away from the texture of the bread which is smooth, moist, and rich. Plus, the applesauce is a nice healthy option for adding moisture to the bread. Additionally, this bread is very moist from the pudding mix, so I personally would be concerned about adding more moisture to the top of the bread after baking.

  8. Cindy says

    I don’t think the editors of Vogue actually think about food too much. They don’t eat. They need to be really skinny. But you’re so right about Martha! She definitely has a weird relationship with her fans and protegees. I think that she’s probably a little insecure and in general not a nice person. I’ve heard so many bad stories about her actions with the public and even seen her be snooty to her guests (when she had a crafting show). I love all of you “amateur” bloggers! So many great ideas and great photos and fun stuff. Keep it up!

  9. Danielle says

    That’s very rich of Martha considering she is a woman who is famous for being an “expert” at things that can not be formally educated and all she does is stand infront of a camera doing crafts and cooking food created by other people she doesn’t even do any of the work and a large number of the people she interviews were made famous by there amazing blogs they start to share their passion. I’ve always adored Martha but this makes me want to give her a swift kick in the teeth and I’m not even a blogger.

  10. Ali says

    Looks like a really yummy bread :)

    Good point on the ad network. I wonder how all of the food bloggers that run her network feel about what she said :S

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