I love bread!
I don't discriminate. It's all good to me.
I'm usually a cheap date. Take me to a restaurant and plop down the bread basket and I will fill myself up on that and order a salad or a soup and I'm good to go. (Oh, you're a waiter/waitress? Never worry, I always tip big. Yes, usually over 20%.)
One of the things the holidays do to me is turn me into a baking fool. Well, this year, I just wasn't into it. I don't know why, but it just wasn't there. It came back this morning!
Banana bread is one of my favorites. However, with two little boys under the age of 4, bananas don't last very long here. This time I set them aside just for this purpose and told my 3 year old at least a dozen times a day for 5 days, that those were not for him. (Insert pouty lipped , big brown eyed puppy dog eyed boy here.)
I found this recipe on the back of the flour bag about 3 years ago.
It's name was just begging me to come and try it.
I've never regretted it.
1 1/4 c sugar
1/2 c butter
3 - 4 ripe bananas
1/2 c milk
1 tsp vanilla
2 1/2 c flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 c chopped nuts (whatever kind you like) optional
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Mix flour, baking soda, salt. Set aside.
Mix sugar and butter till smooth. Add eggs, milk, vanilla. Mix until smooth. Add bananas.
Mix in flour mixture.
Pour batter into pans. (I use these here. Best for gift giving)
Bake for 1 hour.
Place on cooling rack.
Cool for 1 hour.
Sometimes I add toppings to my bread too. The one pictured above is a cinnamon sugar butter mix.
1 T of butter
2 T of sugar
1/2 tsp of cinnamon
Stir it together.
Make the mixture into little chunks and plop on top of the bread before cooking.
It melts into the top and adds an extra little yumminess!
When I add nuts. I put 3/4 c in the mix and add the other 1/4 c on top before baking.
What do you add to the top of your banana bread?