Cook Your Comics: Squirrel Girl’s Chocolate Chip Nut Bread

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Are you reading Marvel’s The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl from writer Ryan Q. North and artist Erica Henderson? Why not? Do you hate laughter? Because it is the funniest series currently being published. It makes me laugh so hard that eventually no sound comes out, and then I almost pass out from lack of oxygen. If the series had a crossover with Chip Zdarsky’s Howard the Duck, which is very nearly as funny, I might need a doctor’s supervision to read it safely.

panels from Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #1. Ryan Q. North (writer), Erica Henderson (artist). Marvel Comics, 2015

See, in a way, she’s helping those muggers!

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl is relentlessly silly, upbeat, and adorable. Doreen Green is an excellent role model. While her ability to keep her superhero identity a secret needs some work, her can-do attitude, amazing squirrel powers, and actual-squirrel sidekick Tippy-Toe make her truly unbeatable. She can handle Galactus without anyone getting hurt, which means she has one up on pretty much everyone else in the Marvel universe.

panels from Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #4. Ryan Q. North (writer), Erica Henderson (artist). Marvel Comics, 2015

Debating the use of the phrase, “He who holds the power cosmic…”

“Eats nuts, kicks butts” is Squirrel Girl’s slogan, and she’s enthusiastic about both things. That takes a lot of energy. Luckily, nuts contain a lot of energy. And this bread contains a lot of nuts. It’s not a cake, so most of its sweetness comes from the chocolate chips. It smells great while it’s baking and makes a tasty breakfast or snack.

Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #3 variant cover. Gurihuru (artist). Marvel Comics, 2015

She’s obviously making nut CAKE instead of nut bread.

Squirrel Girl’s Chocolate Chip Nut Bread

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chopped nuts (walnuts or pecans)
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips (optional)

Directions

Cream the sugar and butter together in a mixing bowl. Add the buttermilk and eggs and mix to combine.

In a separate bowl, combine the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add the chopped nuts and chocolate chips. The nuts and chips are small, so they can disperse easily in the flour mixture. This will allow you to add the dry ingredients into the butter-sugar mixture without over-mixing it which will make the final texture of your bread tough.

Cook Your Comics - nuts and chips

I chopped my pecans finely. You want some texture, but they can’t be too chunky or your slices will be crumblier.

Add the dry mixture to the wet ingredients in a few stages, folding it in gently. Once everything is combined, put your batter into a greased and floured 9″x5″ bread pan.

Cook Your Comics - batter in pan

Level the top as well as you can so it will bake evenly.

Bake at 350F for about an hour, then check for doneness. The bread is done when a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

When the bread is done, let it rest for 5 minutes. Then use a knife or thin spatula to loosen the sides of the bread from the pan. Turn the bread out onto a cooling rack and let it cool for at least 20 minutes before slicing and serving.

Cook Your Comics - sliced chocolate chip nut bread

If I learned anything from 1980s cereal commercials, it’s that chocolate chips are totally part of a balanced breakfast.

Now you can share your delicious, power-packed nut bread with your friends, both human and squirrel. Wait…you should check on whether squirrels can have chocolate or not. If you’re expecting squirrel guests, or others who don’t want chocolate, you can leave out the chips and it’ll still taste great! And read The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl if you aren’t already. I recommend it unreservedly.

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Annie Bulloch writes about comics and pop culture from the perspective of a retailer and longtime fan. She co-owns 8th Dimension Comics & Games in Houston, Texas, where she is Director of Marketing and frequently hosts store events, including a regular Ladies' Night. She loves comics, cooking, and pop culture. Find her on Twitter and Tumblr: @texasannie

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