January 9, 2011

What's Cookin': Banana Nut Bread

Banana bread is one of my favorite "dessert" breads. It's sweet, but not overly so. And it's a wonderful way to use up those last few bananas from the bunch that we never seem to eat in time.

This is a great breakfast bread too. Slightly toasted with a bit of cream cheese spread on top, and paired with a cup of good black tea. Simply delicious.

If you have almost-gone bananas but don't feel like using them up yet you can store them in the freezer. Just peel them and put them in a bag, then pop them in the freezer. They'll be a little watery when they defrost but since they are going in bread it won't matter!

This recipe is from my Betty Crocker cookbook and I have not deviated it from it all (aside from using vanilla yogurt as substitute for buttermilk sometimes. It's delicious that way). It's just plain ol' good the way it is.

And Ben will eat. Which is always a plus.
Banana Nut Bread - Makes 2 loaves
1 1/4 C sugar
1/2 C butter, softened
2 large eggs
1 1/2 C mashed bananas (about 3)
1/2 C buttermilk or vanilla yogurt
1 tsp vanilla
2 1/2 C flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 C chopped nuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease two 8x4 inch loaf pans.

In a large bowl or mixer mix together butter and sugar until well blended. Stir in eggs and mix. Stir in bananas, buttermilk and vanilla. Beat until smooth. Stir in the flour, baking soda and salt until just moistened, then stir in the nuts. Divide batter evenly between pans.

Bake for about an hour, or until they pass the toothpick test. Cool for 10 minutes, then turn out and cool completely before slicing.

This post is linked up to :: Tasty Tuesday at Balancing Beauty & Bedlam

Happy Eating,


Farm Girl said...

That is my favorite one too and one of the few I never change. It is perfect every time, the same as the pumpkin bread recipe.

Kessie said...

I actually use a banana bread recipe from some old fat cookbook somebody gave me. It's similar, but doesn't call for buttermilk. I need to give the Betty Crocker one a spin. Once I can lay my hands on some nuts. I am extremely partial to the nuts in the banana nut.

(You know that loaf you gave us at Christmas? I ate it pretty much all by myself.)

myletterstoemily said...

believe it or not, i have three frozen bananas
in the freezer right now, and a banana bread
loving son on his way home. :)

Changes in the wind said...

Great tip on putting the bananas in the freezer....hmmmmm toastes with cream cheese..think I may have to try that.

HaleyLeann said...

This is my "go to" recipe for banana nut bread. It's the best! Visiting from Tasty Tuesday at Beauty & Bedlam. Have a great day!

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