Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Someone recently told me (shout-out to Britannia!) that when you change at least 3 ingredients, a recipe essentially becomes your own. Several years ago, I took one of my favorite recipes and brought it to a new level with a few tweaks. The results? SO GOOD! With this new "rule" established, I am officially claiming this recipe as my very own....
Who doesn't love banana bread? Ok, except for you random few who have issues with bananas (which I will never understand - they're like candy, except really good for you!), but for the rest of you, I highly recommend you try this spiced up version of the classic:
1 3/4 c flour
1 1/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/3 c shortening (I always use unsalted butter)
2/3 c sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 c mashed ripe bananas
Optional additional ingredients: chocolate chips, blueberries, etc.
Preheat oven to 350. Combine sugar, shortening, eggs and vanilla - mix well. In separate bowl, mix all dry ingredients. Add flour mixture and mashed bananas alternately to sugar mixture. Pour into greased loaf pan and bake for approximately 45-50 minutes. (Check for knife to come out clean).
The baking time may vary if you happen to have a quirky old gas oven as I do in my apartment. You may want to bake it for 40 minutes, then check it every 3-5 after that. Its time consuming but totally worth it to avoid dried out bread.
A source tells me that this bread disappeared really quickly at the office...even more proof that you should try it!