Monday, January 5, 2009

Blissful Banana Bread



THE.
BEST.
BANANA.
BREAD.
PERIOD.
(Exclamation Mark!;))
So eeeasy and delicious! Have a few gnarly, over-ripe bananas on the counter ready for the trash? Keep 'em, and amaze your friends by making this lovely loaf! I substituted sour cream for yogurt because I had some I wanted to use up, and it turned out moist and dense like banana bread wants to be, so I would say use whichever you have.

This recipe makes one 9-inch loaf.
(But I doubled the recipe below so I could keep a loaf and share a loaf :))

TIP!
If you grease and flour only the bottom of a regular loaf pan, it will cause the bread to cling to the sides and rise sky-high out of the pan in a delightful, fantsnacktical way!
(If using a nonstick loaf pan, on which the sides are very slick, grease and flour sides as well as the bottom.)

INGREDIENTS:
2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon table salt
1 1/4 cups toasted walnuts , chopped coarse (about 1 cup)
3 very ripe bananas , soft, darkly speckled, mashed well (about 1 1/2 cups)
1/4 cup plain yogurt (or sour cream)
2 large eggs , beaten lightly
6 tablespoons unsalted butter , melted and cooled
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Adjust oven rack to lower middle position and heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease bottom only of regular loaf pan, or grease and flour bottom and sides of nonstick 9-by-5-by-3-inch loaf pan; set aside.

2. Combine first five ingredients together in large bowl; set aside.

3. Mix mashed bananas, yogurt, eggs, butter, and vanilla with wooden spoon in medium bowl.

4. Lightly fold banana mixture into dry ingredients with rubber spatula until just combined and batter looks thick and chunky.

5. Scrape batter into prepared loaf pan; bake until loaf is golden brown and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, about 55 minutes. Cool in pan for 5 minutes, then transfer to wire rack.
Serve warm or at room temperature.
(Or eat it my favorite way: ice cold outta the ice box!) :)

2 comments:

Jessica Martiele said...

I just happened onto your blog, and now I've favorited it...I'll be back! This stuff looks SCRUMPTIOUS, and I'm ALWAYS looking for new and yummier things to make, so THANK YOU! (Finally, a banana bread recipe someone is willing to swear by! That's my first project!)

flappergirl said...

Hi Jessica,
Thanks for stopping by and for bookmarking my blog! If you do end up trying the recipe, let me know what you think. Happy snacking!
Dianne

 
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