Friday, March 21, 2008

Let's go bananas!

A couple of weeks ago, my mom and sister in law came to the cities for the weekend.  We had a blast just spending time together shopping, visiting, and eating of course!  By Sunday though, it we decided it would be nice to have breakfast at our house, for one more chance to just visit, save money, and eat some really good homemade food.

Because my husband and I do not really care for banana breads, I decided to make one for the brunch because my guests love it.  Also it was a great way to get rid of some of the frozen bananas in our freezer:)  It's not that we don't like things with bananas, just banana's great right out of the oven when the exterior is really crisp and the inside warm and delicious, but the next day...hmm, not so much.

So for breakfast we enjoyed Farmer's Casserole (bhg...great!), banana bread, and homemade fruit salad.  It was just enough and very delicious!

Banana Bread  (adapted from Joy of Cooking)


1 1/3 C Flour
3/4  tsp Salt
1/4  tsp baking powder
1/2  tsp baking soda
5 1/2 Tbsp. butter
2/3  C Sugar
2  Large Eggs
1 C very ripe mashed bananas (I used three small ones)
optional 1/2 C walnuts


1.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Coat loaf pan with cooking spray.
2.  Whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda in a bowl.
3.  In a large bowl, beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  
4.  Beat in the flour mixture.  Batter will be really dry.
5.  Gradually beat in eggs.  Then add the bananas, folding in if desired.
6.  Spread mixture into loaf pan and top with walnuts if desired.
7.  Bake for 1 hour, or until a tester comes out clean.

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