Saturday, 16 January 2010

Brilliant Banana Bread

This is a great recipe for Singles because it solves the problem of the bananas slowly turning black in a bowl on your counter. And it makes only one loaf, which I think will keep for a couple of days if you cover it in plastic wrap. (It's so yummy, I never found out for sure.) I got this recipe from my childhood cookbook Let Me in the Kitchen by Susan Mendelson. It is very easy.

Brilliant Banana Bread

2 ripe bananas
2 eggs
1/2 cup (125 mL) vegetable oil
1 cup (8 oz/250 mL) brown sugar
1 1/4 cups (10 oz/300 mL) flour
1 tsp (5 mL) baking soda
dash of salt
1/2 cup (4 oz/125 mL) walnut pieces

1. Preheat oven to 350 F (180 C).
2. Mash bananas on a plate with a fork.
3. Beat eggs in bowl, then add oil, sugar and mashed bananas. Whisk.
4. Sift (or stir, as I have no sifter) flour, soda and salt into the mixture in the bowl. Whisk until mixed
5. Add the walnuts to batter and mix.
6. Butter the bottom of a loaf pan. Pour batter into pan.
7. Bake for one hour.
8. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes.
9. Run knife around sides of pan, and tip bread onto a wire rack or plate for further cooling.

As I don't have a loaf pan right now, I soon will try baking this recipe in a muffin tin. I've tried throwing chocolate chips into the dough, but I think I like it better without.


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Seraphic said...

Well, it's a bit cheeky, but I'm sympathetic as I have a book coming out myself, so I've posted the message.

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Anne-Marie said...
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berenike said...

I am fairly sure I ate a lot of that, or similar, banana bread in my schooldays - the younger sister of my best friend (daughters of my painting conservationist HS friend/adopted aunt) made it frequently at one point when still in primary school :)

Seraphic said...

A nice Australian girl named Anne-Marie posted a very nice comment which I've just erased because it had her email address, and maybe she doesn't want the world to have her email address!

Welcome, Anne-Marie to the comm box and thank you very much!

KimP said...

Hi Seraphic, I made this for a reception following our Right to Life speaker at my parish tonight. Big hit. Gave the few leftovers to the nuns to take back to the convent. They gave it the big thumbs up!

Seraphic said...

KimP, I'm glad everyone enjoyed it! Berenike, I made it often as a child myself!