Saturday, February 19, 2011

Banana Bread

Today, I had a couple of very ripe bananas that needed to be used. Most of the time, one of the kids falls victim to Mom noticing the bananas are beyond anyone willingly consuming them, and is forced into making Banana Bread. Everyone LOVES the banana bread, just no one wants to make it.
The boys were outside helping their Dad fend off the neighbor kids and tilling up a garden plot, so I made it myself.

Banana Bread
1 cup Vanilla Sugar
1/3 cup butter, softened
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups mashed bananas (2 to 4 bananas)
1/3 cup water
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 2/3 cup whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup chopped nuts (I use pecans)

Heat oven to 350*
Grease (inside!) bottom of a loaf pan.
Cream together sugar, butter, and vanilla.
Add eggs and water.
Blend thoroughly.
Combine dry ingredients, except nuts.
Add to mixture
Blend until just moistened.
Stir in nuts.
Pour into pan.
Bake 55 to 75 minutes, until wood pick inserted into center of loaf comes out clean.
Cool 10 minutes.
Loosen loaf from sides of pan. Remove from pan.
To make perfect slices, allow to cool completely before slicing.
(HAHAHAHA! Forget about cooling. Nothing is better than fresh hot banana bread slathered in butter!)

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