This is a very special pumpkin bread recipe. It comes from the “Joy of Cooking” book. The loaf can be made with any mushed squash, sweet potatoes, yams or pumpkin. What makes it truly unique is the addition of spices, nuts and dried fruit.
Chocolate pecan banana bread is by far the best type of banana bread I have ever had. Surprisingly, it is lighter and less sticky than typical banana bread and, in my opinion, more flavorful and elegant-looking. In this recipe, there is a good balance of chocolate and nuts. Using half the amount of nuts than chocolate benefits the overall palette of this cake. Pecans can be substituted with walnuts with a slightly less mild taste. Additionally, rum can be added to spice it up a little, although many people will prefer it more mellow in taste.