Monday, September 15

Yes! We have no Bananas! Banana Bread


Okay, that's not entirely true. Mr.P asked for a banana yesterday and I told him we had no bananas. He went in search of something else to eat only to come back with four bananas in his hand and wanted to know what I called these things
if NOT bananas. 

Yes, we had bananas, but they weren't good for anything but to either a. collect gnats b. throw in the compost heap or better yet c. make a couple loaves of banana bread. 

If you have ever made banana bread you know the blacker the bananas the better the bread turns out. More moist and flavorful. Consequently, inasmuch as I already had the bad bananas, I set out yesterday afternoon to bake 2 loaves of bread. One for eating and one for freezing. 

This is by far one of my most requested recipe. I've been baking this bread for over twenty years and it never gets old. It is always better the day after I bake it, but my family NEVER waits that long. 

For this reason, Mr.P ate banana bread last night instead of fresh bananas! There were NO complaints - just saying.

Yes! We have no Bananas! Banana Bread
This is a family favorite and it's just about the best banana bread you'll ever taste.
MAKES 1 LOAF
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INGREDIENTS
  • 1 1/2 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 Eggs, lightly whisked
  • 3/4 cups Vegetable Oil
  • 3 Tablespoons Buttermilk
  • 1 cup Mashed Bananas, about 2 large bananas
  • 1/2 cup chopped Pecans

WHAT TO DO
  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  • Grease and flour a 9 X 5 inch loaf pan. *If you notice, I use non-stick foil in my pan. If you decide to try this method, carefully mold the foil to the pan. If you don't use a gentle touch the foil will rip and batter will leak through to the pan underneath. Make sure to apply foil non-stick side up!
  • Stir together the first 4 ingredients; all dry. 
  • Add oil, eggs and buttermilk to the dry mixture. Stir to blend.
  • Add mashed bananas and pecans, stir to combine.
  • Pour batter into preparted pan and place in preheated oven.
  • Bake for 1 hour to 1 hour and 10 minutes. Until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. 
  • Cool in pan for 15 minutes. Remove from pan and cool on a wire rack. Wrap and store in a cool dry place. - I don't do this. I loosen the foil and lift my bread out of the pan. Gently removing the foil, I immediately wrap my loaf in plastic wrap. I have ALWAYS done it this way. It's something I picked up during my food competition days. It make the bread more flavorful and super moist!




24 comments:

  1. this looks so delicious! I am going to have to try it. I always make my mom's banana bread but I think I am going to try this one! (I may have posted twice, if so just ignore one :)

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  2. Yum! I've been really really wanting to make banana bread recently! Now I have a recipe! Thanks!

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  3. I've never used buttermilk in my banana bread recipes but that sure sounds like a great idea. Going to try it next time (which will probably be very soon as I see my bananas are starting to turn. Yeah! ;)

    -- Colleen with SanAntonioMomBlogs.com

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    1. Yes Colleen, once bananas start to turn they go quick!

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  4. My guy so often will say "I think these bananas need to get used up in a smoothie right away" and before he's even finished his sentence, I've snatched them out of his hand and put them in the freezer for banana bread. Agree with Colleen, buttermilk does sound great in this!

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    1. Skye, I freeze mine too. Frozen bananas make great smoothies too!

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  5. Oh my word, we LOVE banana bread! I haven't made it in a long time and never with buttermilk. I'm bookmarking this recipe for later!

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    1. Thanks Jessica, the buttermilk just 'makes' it!

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  6. Yum, this looks delicious! This is by far one of my favorite fall desserts! However, I eat more paleo now than anything, so I don't get to enjoy this "treat" as often as I used to. (PS - I'm visiting from the Facebook Group - Texas Women Bloggers) - Have a great day and thanks for sharing the recipe! :)

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    1. It is a delicious treat! I should eat more paleo as well! With an empty nest our eating schedule is not the best!

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  7. Mmmm, I love banana bread! It's weird because I don't like bananas by themselves. Thanks for sharing with Hump Day Happenings.

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    1. That is weird. But then again, I love bananas but HATE dried banana chips! Thanks for the invite and stopping by!

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  8. This looks delicious but I do love some bananas! My party ladies and I would love if you linked this post up with us over at Mommy Needs a Timeout Thursday. We go live at 8pm EST. Hope to see you there!
    Lauren
    Twin Tested, Pin Approved
    http://twintestedpinapproved.wordpress.com/2014/09/17/mommy-needs-a-timeout-thursday-2/

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    1. Absolutely Lauren! I adore the 'Mommy needs a timeout Thursday'! Such a clever title and cute too! Thanks for the invite!

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  9. Since we all eat bananas at varying stages of ripeness in our house, bananas don't always get to the past the point of no return stage. However, when they do, I tend to freeze them until I get on a baking bender and make banana bread/muffins. That way, we don't get that horrible gnat issue...hate those things.

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    1. I hate the gnats too. I need to start freezing my bananas, that's a wonderful idea!

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  10. i just made banana bread this week too! must be on the brain. YUM!

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    1. Somehow I think yours was HEALTHY. Do you have the recipe posted somewhere?

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  11. I love banana bread!! And my 2 year old loves the Spike Jones song... You totally caught my eye with the title!! Thanks so much for linking up to Creative K Kids Tasty Tuesdays

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    1. I pulled that title out of the back of my brain. When my husband asked me about bananas, I said, 'we have no bananas' and it just clicked in my head. That's the bizarre way I think!

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  12. Yum! Love banana bread! Thanks for sharing at the Creative K Kid's Tasty Tuesdays Party. I have pinned it to our Tasty Tuesdays Pinterest Board.

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