Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Banana Bread

About 6 months ago, I stumbled upon this banana bread recipe over at Simply Recipes.  I loved it because it tasted great and because I didn't have to break out the stand mixer.  We frequently have leftover bananas around here, so I make this at least once every other week, if not more.

The original recipe is fantastic, and I've also adapted it a bit to our tastes and needs.  I have to put some of this in the freezer, or else I'll eat it all in one night.  The kidlet loves it, too! 

Banana Bread

4 ripe bananas, mashed
1/3 cup melted butter
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 tsp vanilla
1/8 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
pinch of salt
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup white whole wheat flour
chopped walnuts to taste, optional

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a medium mixing bowl, mash 4 bananas until most chunks are gone.  Add in the melted butter, stirring with a wooden spoon.  Add in the sugar, and stir until mixed.  Add in the egg, vanilla, and cinnamon, and stir to combine.

In a smaller bowl, combine the baking soda, salt, and flours.  Add this dry mixture to the banana mixture, and stir until combined.

Transfer batter to a prepared loaf pan or mini-loaf pans, and bake for 45 minutes - 1 hour for one loaf, or 30 - 40 minutes for mini-loaves.  They're done when a knife inserted in the middle comes out clean.

Remove from oven and let cool in pans for 5-10 minutes.  Remove from pan and finish cooling on a rack.

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