Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Tasty Tuesday - Banana Bread

So last week, I had a desire to bake. And I had bananas in the freezer that were taking up too much room. Voila, banana bread, right? Wellllll, almost. Because it's easier to use my adapted recipes by looking them up on my blog, I searched for the recipe here. And I searched. And then I searched some more.

Apparently I always thought that since I make banana bread all the time, I already had the recipe up here. Ahhhhh, not so much. The good news for me is that I got the banana bread made for my PTO meeting. The good news for you? I'm finally posting the recipe. (That is good news, right?)

Banana Bread

Makes 2 loaves (because, really, who wants just one?)

2 1/2 c flour (I usually do about half whole wheat flour)
1 t salt
1 t baking soda
1/2 t baking powder
10 T butter, unsalted
1 1/4 c brown sugar
2 eggs, beaten
4-5 bananas

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Add the butter and sugar into a bowl, and beat on high speed until lightened in color and texture, two to three minutes. Add the salt, baking powder, and baking soda, and mix until thoroughly blended. Add the flour, and stir until the flour is incorporated and you have a sandy texture.

Gradually add the already beaten eggs to the mixture. I slowly pour them in while the mixer is going. Add bananas one at a time, and keep mixing. I don't mash them ahead of time, as I like the sometimes surprise of a small bite of pure banana in my bread, but when you use truly ripe bananas, you don't need to mash them prior to adding them.

Grease two loaf pans. Pour half the batter into each loaf pan. Gently sprinkle granulated sugar atop each unbaked loaf. I usually use about 1/8 cup total, although I of course don't measure it because why waste the time!

Bake for about an hour, until a toothpick comes out clean. Let the loaves cool for five to ten minutes before you turn them out. Yum!

(So who loves the awesomely cool new white square plates I got for my birthday and Christmas from my mom? No more funky green ones for me! Yep, they've already been donated.)

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Hyacynth January 11, 2011 at 10:59 AM  

Yum. Sometimes your blog is dangerous to my waistline. I have bananas. Yikes.

Claudya Martinez January 11, 2011 at 4:14 PM  

I love banana bread.

My oven is broken right now. I'm so bummed.

Joanna Jenkins January 12, 2011 at 12:57 AM  

Banana Bread is great. I make it all the time. I'll try your recipe as soon as my current bunch of bananas is ripe.
Thanks, jj

Michelle January 13, 2011 at 11:03 PM  

Hy - Nahhh.... this one is sorta healthy. And hey, if you just have one piece at a time, maybe? :)

Unknown Mami - A broken oven? Ohhhh my dear. I don't even want to think about that. That is painful!

Joanna - Go for it, and I hope you enjoy it. Gotta love when those bananas unfortunately just get too ripe!

One Petal At A Time January 14, 2011 at 10:53 PM  

I will definately be adding this recipe on my recipe book. I have some frozen bananas that I'll be putting to good use.

Michelle January 17, 2011 at 8:40 PM  

One Petal At A Time - Gotta love having a good use for those frozen bananas. Yum!

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