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This bread is BANANAS, B-A-N-A-N-A-S!

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What’s a sous chef to do when her head chef is off exploring Europe?!?!?!?!? After a few nights of listlessly wandering around the kitchen and eating quick and uninspired meals, I (Katie, aka ESC) needed some comfort food. I wanted to bake something– sweet, but not too desserty, satisfying, but not uber complicated== Banana bread! I’ve been talking about making it forever and this seemed like the perfect time. Luckily, I had stashed some overly-ripe bananas in the freezer for this very occassion.

My mother and I first found this recipe in Cooking Light years ago. Since then we have made a number of embellishments and made it even better. The actual synthesis (oops, too much of a chemist) preparation is very straight-forward and doesn’t require any special ingredients or equipment.

First, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and coat a 8.5 x 4.5″ loaf pan with cooking spray. In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and salt with a whisk. In another bowl, beat the sugar and butter until well blended. At this point, add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Next, add the yogurt, banana, and vanilla and beat until well blended. Add the flour mixture and beat until moist. Add the chocolate chips, nuts, and raisins. Spread the batter into the loaf pan. Bake for one hour. When its done, remove from oven- immediately smother the top with butter and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. Let cool for 10 minutes on a wire rack and then cool completely (who am I kidding, devour immediately :))

Ingredients:
2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter, softened
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cups (~3 large) bananas (let warm up to room temp if they were previously frozen & then mash up a bit)
1/3 cup plain yogurt (I like using vanilla instead, because plain yogurt just seems boring)
1 tsp vanilla extract
Optional additions:
1/2 cup chocolate chips (I prefer the mini– adds the perfect amount of sweet goodness to the loaf)
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup raisins (even though I don’t like cooked raisins that much, I’m giving it a try)


Even Banana Man approves! This bread is good for breakfast, mid-afternoon snack, dessert or all of the above 🙂 Its especially yummy when you warm the slice a little in the microwave before eating. And this is a great way to make use of those bananas that are a bit past their prime! (I like them on the greener side anyway)

PS- Thanks for letting me do a guest post Brent! Your loyal readers and I miss you!

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Written by kkduncan

June 13, 2010 at 11:09 pm

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