Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Banana Bread

I love banana bread. It's one of my favorite non-chocolate sweet things. I think the other favorites would have to be lemon cake and anything apple cinnamon. Okay, yes. I have a sweet tooth. But, there is something about banana bread that is just so wonderful. I had three bananas sitting on my counter that were beyond eating. I don't know how they ripened so fast. One day they looked fine, the next day they looked, eh. Today it was banana bread or the garbage. So, I needed to find a recipe that wasn't complicated and had few ingredients. This is what I found and it was simply delicious:

Banana Bread
Found From THIS recipe.

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 eggs, beaten
2 1/3 cups mashed overripe bananas*
1 tsp vanilla (not in orginal recipe but I figured it needed it)
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (also not in the recipe, but I like nuts in my banana bread)

Preheat oven to 350ยบ F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9x5 inch loaf pan.

In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt. In a separate bowl, cream together butter and brown sugar. (Add vanilla) Stir in eggs and mashed bananas until well blended. Stir banana mixture into flour mixture; stir just to moisten. (Add walnuts and stir) Pour batter into prepared loaf pan.

Bake in preheated oven for 60 to 65 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of the loaf comes out clean. Let bread cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack. (I did mine for 65 minutes but the bottom center wasn't quite cooked through, another 5-10 minutes would be recommended.)

*I didn't measure my bananas. The three I had were going to have to be enough. (And I think they were.)

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