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Utterly Ridiculous Recipe Project: Chocolate Banana 
 
Aug. 21, 2009 3:58 pm 
(Read this blog entry to learn about my utterly ridiculous recipe project)

I've never made a Chocolate Banana, and I've never eaten one before. After I was done I had a very unpleasant but distinct feeling that bananas dipped in chocolate are quite......suggestive.....
and for that reason not something I'll ever make for a kid's birthday party unless I lose my conscience. Kind of like that creepy uncle that no one invites. However, I'll make an exception for upcoming bachelorette parties because they are DELICIOUS.

Here's the Harvest Moon version first:

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Chocolate Banana
Banana dipped in chocolate

Cooking Equipment
Cutting Board

Ingredients
Cocoa
Banana
Milk

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One of the things I wanted to do was use the ingredients from the original recipe, in some fashion. This was a challenge for chocolate bananas because if you do a quick google search you see that most of them call for baking chocolate or chocolate chips, tempered with oil or nothing at all.

I got lucky; this cookbook called "How to Cook Everything" by Mark Bittman has a recipe for Chocolate Glaze that called for cocoa and cream. It's intended to be spread on a frozen cake, but frozen banana is the same kind of concept, right?

Without further ado (>.<) here's my version of Chocolate Banana and the official start of what will be many labors of love and probably quite a few failures.

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Chocolate Banana

Ingredients
1 large banana, unpeeled
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/4 cup confectioner's sugar
2 tbsp butter, cut in bits
2 1/2 tbsp whipping cream
1/8 tsp cinnamon
dash of salt

Cooking Equipment
1 disposable chopstick, cut in three pieces, or some popsicle sticks.
wax paper
metal pan or sheet
regular old spoon
oiled or silicon spatula

Directions
With the banana unpeeled, cut it in three equal pieces pieces. A disposable chopstick made an excellent handle for my bananas. Push the chopstick in the banana piece, but not all the way through. Take the peel off. Lay your bananas on wax paper on the metal sheet and stick in the freezer for 20 minutes or so, until they're pretty cold.

Melt the rest of the ingredients in a small saucepan over low heat until thickened, about 10 to 15 minutes. I had a bit of trouble here because there was a lot of grease (from the butter I suppose?) that separated from the chocolate glaze. I soaked up quite a bit of it because, well, it just made me feel uncomfortable.

Take your bananas out and use the spoon to drape chocolate glaze over the banana. It amazingly wants to stick to the banana, even though while stirring it with the spatula it seems like a slippery mess. Then, smooth the glaze out with the spatula. I think you can let it set at room temp, but I stuck mine back in the freezer for a little bit.

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I can't really describe it...its like a creamy fudge pop. But, more healthy. Kind of. Each piece is 170 calories!! O.O Using chocolate chips would probably be easier and healthier. But working out there on that farm you need all the calories you can get!

Another video game that comes to mind is the classic platformer Donkey Kong for the SNES. OOO, banana!
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Heidi

Home Town
Corpus Christi, Texas, USA
Living In
Lima, Ohio, USA

Member Since
May 2007

Cooking Level
Intermediate

Cooking Interests
Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Healthy, Vegetarian, Quick & Easy

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Scrapbooking, Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Camping, Walking, Fishing, Hunting, Photography, Reading Books, Genealogy

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About Me
I enjoy trying new recipes and unusual ingredients. There are few foods I will turn down without a second thought - sweets is one of them, and fiery hot spicy food is the other. As I'm getting older that is changing, though. I love reading cook books and doing research about food. It fascinates to no end! I usually create a recipe from several different ones. On the non-cooking side of things, I'm a Christian, native Texan and faithful Longhorn with two cats and a great boyfriend! I love the outdoors and spending time with my family and friends. I'm also somewhat obsessed with the nuclear winter and extreme survival situations.
My favorite things to cook
In general I try to cook from scratch. Any kind of bread - rolls, loaves, boules, baguettes, buns, biscuits, quick breads - will catch my eye. Pastas, soups, and cookies. I am absolutely in love with cake batter. Once I had a party in middle school where we just made a bunch of cakes and ate the batter.
My favorite family cooking traditions
The Thanksgiving and Christmas turkey/waldorf salad/mashed potatoes with gravy by my mom, buttermilk biscuits on Sunday morning before church from my Dad, grilling hamburgers in the summer in the backyard, black eyed peas for new years dinner, decorating sugar cookies on Christmas Eve with my sister, coffee any time of the night.
My cooking triumphs
I can rival my dad in his biscuit making ability. I have the perfect dinner roll recipe - my very own. I taught myself how to make jam and jelly. I taught myself how to make bread!
My cooking tragedies
dense as a stone wheat bread, homemade condensed milk tastes weird key lime pie, onions and sugar have no place hanging out together in mashed sweet potato, there's nothing puffy about my lemon meringue, and the bottom of the fish tank poached salmon.
 
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