banana bread

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Since adulthood, I have always been taught when bananas go bad, freeze them…freeze them, so someday you can make banana bread.  I don’t know where I got this from but I rarely have ever made banana bread in my day, and rarely have ever used the bananas I had in the back of my freezer. I have moved many times, and every time I find so many forgotten or ignored frozen bananas in the back of my freezer. With all these lost-souled bananas in the freezer hoping someday to become banana bread, many of which in the past have had their dreams shattered, I figured I would start giving them a chance! I started making banana bread! Some of those banana’s didn’t even have to set foot in the freezer! I’ve made many different banana bread recipes within this last year, since the banana revolution began (Viva la Banana!), and my favorite one comes from my mother and grandma Anne; I should have known! And I must add, my spouse has also been on the tasting team and agrees with my decision.

Recipe

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 stick (8 Tbsp) butter
  • 1 tsp cinnamon (I usually put 2 tsp)
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 2 Tbsp milk
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. I first start by creaming the sugar and butter and cinnamon in a large mixing bowl until light and fluffy. I put about 2 tsp of cinnamon in my banana bread because I think this is what makes it taste so yummy! Yay Cinnamon! 

Then I add the eggs.  Mix eggs in one at a time. I think this makes a difference when baking.  Mix in one egg, then the next. Grandma Anne taught me this, and I haven’t been disappointed in my baking since.

In a small bowl, mash the ripe bananas with a fork and add milk. Mix well.

In another bowl, mix together flour, baking powder and soda, and salt.

So you should have 3 bowls. One with liquids (sorry I didn’t get a mixed-with-eggs photo), one with bananas, and one with dry ingredients.

Add banana mixture to the creamed mixture and stir to combine.  Add dry ingredients, mixing JUST until flour disappears. Pour batter into prepared pan. I just use cooking spray or butter to coat the pan. Bake 1 hour to 1 hour and 10 minutes.  Set aside to cool.

Enjoy!  A little hot coffee and a slice of banana bread makes any morning fabulous! Sometimes I do add in a cup or so of mini chocolate chips to turn this banana bread into a sweet treat!

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