Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Banana Bread

This week I ended up buying a bunch of bananas that was too ripe. I don't mind tossing out 1 banana at the end of the week (and by tossing out I mean feeding it to Sonny…he loves mushy bananas) but a whole bunch was not going to happen. Therefore I figured I had 2 options: take the bananas back to the store and complain, thereby looking cheap and stupid for not realizing how ripe they were to begin with, or put my big girl panties on and make banana bread! I chose option 2 and right away decided to take the loaf to our vet's office tomorrow when I pick up the cats' flea meds. Our vet does so much for us and I am truly grateful. They never mind when I call with a million crazy "what if" questions and they always try to squeeze me in when I have a busy work week but need to get one of my furries in to see someone. The whole staff deserves way more than a loaf of bread but hopefully this is a start!
This was my first bread making experience and I must say it was just like baking anything else…or at least my recipe made it super easy. I had all the ingredients in my pantry (except nuts but I never put nuts in things I make for other people anyway…you never know who is allergic) which was a huge plus. The best part was smelling it as it baked. It got me so ready for fall! Hope you make one of these for yourself!

From Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book, Bridal Edition (a gift from my mother in law) and modified by me


Banana Bread
2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
2 beaten eggs
1 1/2 cups mashed bananas (5 medium)
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup cooking oil or melted butter or margarine
1/4 cup walnuts
1 recipe streussel nut topping (optional)

1. Grease bottom and 1/2 inch up the sides of one 9x5x3 loaf pan;set aside. Combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, baking powder, nutmeg, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Make a well in center of flour mixture, set aside.
2. In a medium bowl combine eggs, bananas, sugar and oil. Add egg mixture all at once to flour mixture. Stir just until moistened. Batter will be lumpy.

Fold in nuts. Pour batter into pan. If desired, sprinkle streussel nut topping over batter.

3. Bake at 350 for 55-60 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove from pan. Cool completely on a wire rack. Wrap and store overnight before slicing.

Streussel nut topping
In a small bowl combine 1/4 cup packed brown sugar and 3 tablespoons all purpose flour. Using pastry blender, cut in 2 tablespoons butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbles. Stir in 1/3 cup chopped walnuts.
this is where my modifications come in. First off I didn't do the nuts. Second, I have no idea what a pastry blender is so I improvised. I melted the butter almost all the way and mixed with the sugar and flour until it was a little crumbly. Then using my hands I crumbled it over the batter. It looks just fine to me!
I added a bow and a sweet note before I took it to the vet. I hope it tasted as good as it smelled!

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