Tuesday, February 19, 2008

banana nut bread

Banana Nut Bread
Adapted from a Cooking Light recipe

1 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (I used vanilla paste)
1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus more for preparing the pan or use the non aerosol cooking oil spray
1 cup sugar
3 very ripe bananas, peeled, and mashed with a fork (about 1 cup)
1/2 cup toasted walnut pieces or toasted pecans

Sift the flour, baking soda, and salt into a medium bowl, set aside. Whisk the eggs and vanilla together in a liquid measuring cup with a spout, set aside. Lightly brush a 9 by 5 by 3-inch loaf pan with butter. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

In a standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or with an electric hand-held mixer, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Gradually pour the egg mixture into the butter while mixing until incorporated. Add the bananas (the mixture will appear to be curdled, so don't worry), and remove the bowl from the mixer.

With a rubber spatula, mix in the flour mixture until just incorporated. Fold in the nuts and transfer the batter to the prepared pan. Bake for 55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the bread comes out clean. Cool the bread in the pan on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Turn the bread out of the pan and let cool completely on the rack. Wrap in plastic wrap. This banana bread is good also if served the next day.



Annie said...

I love banana bread. I've have never seen vanilla paste. I sounds delicious! Is it more intense than the extract??

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Doodles said...

annie...vanilla paste has a deeper flavor to it...it's the best.

Take a look at this site where they talk more about various pastes and extracts.

Memaw's memories said...

This looks like a great recipe and I love homemade banana bread.

I made the cheesecake from chocolatechic last night. It was delish.

I have some vanilla that I bought in Mexico. It's really strong, but adds a lot to baked recipes.

If I keep reading blogs, I'm going to weigh 500lbs.

Doodles said...

memaw.......we do post some Heart Healthy recipes too ;)... stay tuna'd
Now I gotta go check out the cheesecake recipe you mentioned!!!

Memaw's memories said...

I just read your post about the tamales. We had a consultant in from Southern California(I'm in Arkansas). During the day, we all talked about tamales. She said she was an expert at making them.

Several of us with whom she was working, got together at one of the homes, and had a tamale party. They were soooo good. They are a lot of work, and I admire anyone who takes the time to make them. Your family must be special.

Pam Bennett said...

That is making me hungry.. looks yummy! Tag! your it!

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[Supra]™ said...

Awesome............I have become an absolute fan of this blog. Every piece is unique.....
Thanks a lot.

Doodles said...

pam.......thank you I emailed you my comment, and thanks for stopping by.

supra thanks for the kind comments, we do try to be different.

meemaw...you are right our family is special and lil bird was special for making them.

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