Saturday, May 16, 2015

Banana Nut Bread

Banana Nut Bread

Dinner Tonight

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At my house, we always have bananas. My son used to love bananas, however, now not so much. So much of the time we're finding a lot of bananas being wasted. As I watch these started turn brown I figured why not make a nice banana bread. So I decided to make a banana bread for my mom for watching my son over the weekend. Thanks, mom & dad! 
I added some cinnamon and vanilla extract to the mixture. I'm a firm believer that every dish should have at least cinnamon and vanilla or garlic,  not necessarily together though. The recipe calls for both baking soda and baking powder. I become very OCD when it comes to these two ingredients. I'm always triple checking to make sure it doesn't call for teaspoon or a tablespoon and baking soda versus baking powder. Please don't tell me I'm the only one.

***To soften butter quickly, microwave for 10 seconds.

1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour 
2 teaspoons baking powder  
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt 
2/3 cup white sugar
1/3 cup butter, softened
2 eggs 
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans 
1 cup mashed banana

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 4x8 inch loaf pan. ( Which is also equivalent to a 8x4 loaf pan, I guess )

In a large mixing bowl, shift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and sugar. Add butter, eggs, nuts, and mashed banana. Beat just until blended. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake in preheated oven for about one hour or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the left comes out clean. 
Makes one loaf (12 servings)

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