Thursday, August 21, 2008

Gone bananas!

I had some bananas on death's door, just perfect for banana bread! I heard a while back that the best bananas to use for baking are the ones WAY too far gone to peel and eat, and let me tell you, it's true! Whenever I use this kind, my bread and muffins taste so much better! :)
My favorite banana bread recipe is actually from the Better Homes and Garden New Cook Book, but of course I had to modify it a just in case you don't have this cook book, I thought I'd pass along this recipe!

Banana Bread

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup mashed ripe banana (2-3 medium bananas)
1/3 cup shortening, margarine, OR butter
2 tablespoons milk
2 eggs
1/4 cup chopped nuts

This is the basic recipe, but I have a little fun with it, and add...

2 teaspoons vanilla extract OR banana extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 dash nutmeg
1/2 cup chocolate chips

(I think almost anything tastes better with a little chocolate!)

In a large mixing bowl combine 1 cup of the flour, the sugar, cinnamon, dash nutmeg, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add mashed banana; shortening, margarine, or butter; vanilla or banana extract; and milk. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed till blended, then on high speed for 2 minutes. Add eggs and remaining flour; beat till blended. Stir in nuts and chocolate chips. Pour batter into a greased 8x4x2 loaf pan. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 55 to 60 minutes or till a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes on a wire rack. Remove from the pan; cool thoroughly on a wire rack. Wrap and store overnight before slicing. Makes 1 loaf (16 servings).

My whole family likes this bread~ it has the fruit for my husband and the chocolate for the kids! (And for me.)

Tomorrow I get to go to the Farmer's Market up at Country Village (a cute little place with shops and restaurants). I love seeing what they are selling, and I always come home with delicious fruit of some kind and usually some flowers, because I just cannot help myself! Last Friday I bought a flat of raspberries, and made some freezer jam.

I was feeling so Betty Crocker! (Even if it was just simple freezer jam!)
I even had to take a picture, just because I loved the color! This is the raspberry color I want in my living room...but I digress...

I will be sure to take pictures of whatever catches my eye at the market tomorrow, with permission of course, and show you what I see! :)


Our Complete Family said...

Oh my goodness~ I am so glad you popped by and left me a sweet comment tonight (or should I say this morning, our time?!?)! I have all of the things to make banana bread out on my kitchen counter for tomorrow after I take munchkin to school...NO JOKE! I am going to add the extras that you put in! Can't wait to try it! I'll let you know how mine turns out! My hubby was just in your neck of the woods on a TDY not too long ago (he's Air Force). He said it was just GORGEOUS there. I've never been though :(
Happy almost the weekend to you! Les

Our Complete Family said...

Jeni...I have one great word for you tonight~ YUMMY! Bryce stayed up late to test out the addition of chocolate chips and LOVED it! It was fun~ while it cooled we raced Mario Kart on the Wii and giggled and laughed and could smell the banana bread just calling our names. So, into the kitchen we ran, poured milk, and enjoyed a late snack. So neat that your Dad was AF, too! I am sure he took plenty of trips, too! (Oh, TDY is 'temporary duty'. You know how the military loves their acronyms!) I guess I should go get some rest now. Tomorrow will be a busy but FUN day! Hope you have a FAB one also hun! Les

Anonymous said...

Girlfriend!, cut me off a hunk of that beautiful baaaaanaanaa bread!. It looks DELISH! :)

Jeni said...

okay you are the 2nd blog I have been to that has made freezer jam. I have never done it but I remember my mom always made it. This must be a sign plus it has been something I've wanted to try for a few years. Thanks for stopping by my blog. We were at Fairchild AFB in Spokane back in the 90's but my favorite part of the state is the west side!!