Monday, October 25, 2010

quick and easy banana bread recipe

banana bread on left, snacking cake on right and my iced toddy*...
because that's how I'm eating this right now.

Makes 2 loaves or maybe a 9x13 (maybe more) of "snacking" squares (which cook faster!)

Oven temperature: 350


2 sticks unsalted butter at room temperature (or salted if that's all you have, and just beat the tar out of it if it's not at room temp and it will soften :) )
3/4 c. brown sugar (not packed)
3/4 c. sugar (or today I used xylitol and it tasted good)
2 c. whole wheat pastry flour (i think regular ww flour would work great too)
1 1/2. t. baking soda
1 1/2 t. salt (i use kosher)
2 t. vanilla
6-8 small super ripe bananas

Preheat oven, grease baking dish(es)

Mash bananas in their own bowl.

Cream butter and sugars until well combined.  Add eggs, one at a time mixing well after each one. Combine flour with salt and baking soda.  I really don't like dirtying extra dishes, so I add one of these to each cup of flour.  (i.e. scoop a cup of flour put the b. soda on top, repeat with the next cup of flour and salt) and then add into the creamed butter/sugar mixture, one cup at a time.  (I'm sure that someone that bakes more than me could tell me the benefits of sifting all of those together, but so far things are tasting okay, so I'm doing okay without that information, for now.)  Next add the bananas and vanilla and mix until combined, don't overdo it here! 

Pour into chosen containers and toss (carefully) into the heated 350 degree oven.

Okay, so here's where I'm not always the best at paying attention!  I did one loaf and one 8x8 cake pan with this.  I set the timer for 40 minutes and checked the cake pan sooner because it was thinner.  It was done right around the 40 minute mark but then the bread took at least another 10-15 minutes.  But, it seems like these things vary from oven to oven.  So, just keep an eye on it and when a toothpick comes out clean, it's done!  I let it cool for a few minutes, run a knife around the edges and turn out to finish cooling....although, around here it doesn't usually get a chance to cool completely without being slathered with butter and devoured.

I love fall.  And, even though this isn't necessarily a fall recipe, fall makes me want to bake.

*I've had a lot of people ask me how to make "toddy" so I'll be doing a post on that this week as well.  I just have to get myself to Starbucks to buy some beans!


Anonymous said...

Colleen, I admire all that you accomplish! I love the way you write about your family, the things you do with & for them. And you are such a talented and imaginative photographer. So many talents and gifts for one lady!

ashley'slife said...

^ awwww! :)
and that looks really good!! :)