We had a whole slew of bananas in varying stages of what most people would dub as *'decay', so I decided to make Banana Bread. Analyse loves bananas, so I hoped she would also like banana bread. Oh my goodness did she!!! :-> To the point that one time when she had again asked for some after it was all gone, she walked over, held out her hand and said "take my hand Gaa_ _ ma. We cook more nanna bread!" ;-p
About the * by the word 'decay' above. When baking, the blacker the skins on your bananas have turned, the moister and more banana flavor filled, your end product will be. Honest!!! Yes, the inner part of the banana turns all mushy. And "yuckie" looking, as Analyse vividly pointed out (;-p!!). The yuckier the fruit is, the better your baked product will taste! (<-- Bonus Tip there ;->)
I got this recipe for Banana Bread from my 'Aunt' Billie. I like it so much, that I refuse to try any other recipes for banana bread! I like it so much, that when I'm someplace else and I eat someone else's banana bread which doesn't measure up to hers, I'm tempted to offer them her recipe o;->.
First step - add your sugar to your mixing bowl. (remember to use toothpicks to aid you in keeping track).
Second - add your butter. Personally, I lay the sticks of butter on top of the sugar and microwave the bowl till the butter is melted.
Third - add the eggs.
Fourth - Smash the bananas. (Pastry blenders work great for this!)
Cheerios(R) were allowed to stay in the batter o;-p)
Fifth - mix the vinegar and milk together and let it stand for a bit.
Sixth - Add the vanilla.
Seventh - Add the flour, baking soda and salt. (No, I do not take the step to combine them first in a different bowl. Add half the flour. Dump the other two on top of it, mix them lightly together before mixing all of it in to the rest of the batter.)
Eighth - Add the mashed bananas to the bowl.
Ninth - Add the milk/vinegar mixture.
Tenth - All ready to be put into the baking pans. :-D
The bread is 'suppose' to bake at 350o for one (1) hour.
IF your nose starts telling you that the bread smells done much earlier than that, do not argue with yourself over the matter. Go check!! Tis possible, that "somebody" turned the ovens temperature knob up "a bit" (100o) and your bread really is done ahead of schedule!
Thankfully, the burned parts did not ruin the flavor of the whole loafs!!! (Thank-you Lord!!!). Removed the loafs from the pans, with-in three minutes of pulling them from the oven. Immediately cut off the burned parts, and then let cool.
This process only took us three (3) hours. Chuckle, chuckle, chuckle. We were making the bread only a couple of days after both kids started living here... It took this grandma awhile to get use to again handling both an infant and a two year old. Mercy!!! Get this far, then Elliot wanted fed. Good, he's down for a nap. Back to the kitchen. Brain reminder - 'you MUST keep track of what Analyse is doing EVERY minute!' Hear Elliot - "what's up with only taking a twenty minute nap little guy?" Bring his bouncie seat into the kitchen and return to the task at hand. "Oh, you woke up so you could fill your britches, huh?" . . . I do believe that the process of taking three hours did help me enjoy the bread that much more! o;-p
Here's a picture of (ADORABLE!) Mr. Elliot, being held by his tired daddy ;->
BONUS TIP here --> Ms. Analyse thourally enjoyed thick sliced banana bread with peanut butter sandwiches, for lunch a couple of different days.
And now for the actual recipe -
the recipe comes from "Aunt" Billie D.
(makes 2 loafs)
1 cup Sugar
1/2 cup Margarine
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
3 Smashed Bananas
2 cups Flour
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
1 teaspoon Salt
1 Tablespoon Vinegar added to enough Milk to equal 1/2 cup
1 cup chopped nuts (optional)
Cream together sugar, margarine and eggs. Add vanilla then smashed bananas. Add flour, baking soda, salt and soured milk. Mix thourally.
Bake in greased loaf pans at 350o for 1 hour.
[ 10 to 12 minutes for muffins]
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