Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Bannana Bread

While perusing the local Farmer's Market yesterday, I happened upon the discount counter that had buckets of bananas marked for $1.00 a basket. I immediately knew I wanted them. So for $2.00 here is what I got...

What better to do with these yellow skinned beauties than to make some banana bread. The recipe below is for a normal one loaf batch. However, since I had so many bananas I increased my measurements to make 5 batches in one.

Banana Bread
2 c. flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 c. butter
1 c. sugar
2 eggs, beaten
3 bananas, mashed
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350* Grease a 9"x5" bread loaf pan. Set aside.

Remove skins from bananas.

In a large mixing bowl place, combine all ingredients until well blended. Pour mixture into prepared loaf pan. (Since I was making such a large batch, I could not use a regular mixing bowl to hold all the batter. Instead I lined a clean medium size metal tub with a clean trash bag. This worked perfectly. Never think you are limited by the size of your bowl or pans. There is always a way around things if you look hard enough.) Tap bottom of pan lightly on counter to release any air bubbles trapped inside batter.

Place in preheated oven and bake for 45 minutes to an hour, or until knife inserted in center comes out clean and top is golden.

Let cool in pans for about 5 minutes then remove to a wire cooling rack to completely cool.

**You can also add chocolate chips or chopped nuts to the batter before pouring into bread pan if desired.

For an alternate recipe, try a batch of Cream Cheese Banana Bread. It's out of this world. I didn't have cream cheese on hand otherwise I would have made a few loaves of that version as well.

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