Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Banana Bread

  • ¼ C vegetable oil or melted butter
  • 2/3 C. sugar (you can use white or brown)
  • 1 egg 3 large mashed over-ripe bananas
  • 1 t. baking powder
  • 1 t. baking soda
  • ¾ t. salt
  • 2 C. flour (I like half white and half whole wheat pastry flour)
  • ¾ C. nuts --OR--
  • ¾ C. strawberries or mixed berries (either fresh or thawed from frozen) --OR--
  • ¾ C. semi-sweet chocolate chips

What to do:
  1. Mash the bananas
  2. Add the sugar, eggs and oil and mix.
  3. Add the dry ingredients and fold until mostly incorporated.
  4. Depending on how crazy you want to get, add one (or more if you're really crazy) to the batter and fold in.
  5. Pour the batter into a greased and floured (or sugared*) loaf pan
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.

*When I use chocolate chips, I like to grease the pan by putting some butter in the bottom of the pan and sticking it in the oven for about a minute to melt it. Then I use the melted butter to grease the pan. And, because it is so good, I then dump sugar in the pan instead of flour and toss it around to coat the bottom. This creates a nice crunchy edge for a dessert bread. That is what is creating the edge in the picture below (mmmmm):

P.S. Edward made these for a potluck tomorrow from my tried and true recipe. I'm so proud.

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