Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Best-ever Banana Bread

Though solstice was only last weekend, I already feel as though I am in the heart of winter. Snow has fallen and keeps coming, giving me just enough time to soak my weary back before I have to shovel again. Hunkering down in the kitchen to put together a warm meal, or to bake seems to help ease some of that back pain, too. I am particularly into baking right now and make banana bread on a regular basis. I have become known for this banana bread, which is adapted from Sundays at Moosewood by Molly Katzen. It is hands down the best I have ever tasted and can be amended in so many ways.

Basic Banana Bread Recipe
Preheat oven to 350.

1/2 cup butter softened
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 large eggs, whisked
3 tbsp yogurt or milk
3 ripe bananas, smashed (about 1 cup)
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ginger
pinch nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla

2 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder

add ins: nuts, chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, dried fruit (strawberries, raisins, candied ginger are all good). You can also experiment with using a little bit of rice or whole grain flour for part of the flour.

Mix wet ingredients until well blended. Then mix dry ingredients separately. Add dry ingredients to wet until just blended. Add nuts or chips if using. Pour in greased 9 x 5 loaf pan. Bake at 350 for about 50-60 minutes, or until knife inserted into center comes clean. Let cool 10 minutes before cutting! Guten Appetit!


CĂ©line Marrec said...

Hi Otehlia,
mine was defo not the best-;( I was so excited to make banana bread and I missed it-:( I am not too sure of what went wrong. It's like very concentrated in the inside and it looks uncooked even though it's well cooked. Any idea of what went wrong? Cheers

Otehlia said...

Oh no! You used this recipe? It never fails me. Is your baking powder fresh? Did you use baking soda on accident? You could go up as much as 2 tsp baking powder.
Don't add more than 1 cup bananas, that is about 3 small, or 2 large.
Did you vary this recipe at all? let me know, so I can help.