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The Misadventures of Mrs. B: Banana Bread

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Thursday, March 18, 2010

Banana Bread

Bananas are good.

Bread is good.

We can therefore assume with a fair degree of certainty that banana bread is as good as bananas + bread.  Twice the goodness, in other words.

And you know what? For once, I've found an equation that I can actually understand.  I was never much at math.

Let's get this party started!

Preheat your oven to 300 degrees.

The recipe calls for 5 ripe bananas.  Well the bananas in the middle there certainly fit the bill! But they were pretty small so I took another two regular-sized bananas and added them as well.

Mushy bananas aren't so pretty.  But they're in a pretty bowl so that's okay.  Here's a poll: Do you like chunks of banana in your banana bread? I'm not talking slices here, just little pieces.  I wasn't exactly overly-concerned about getting it uniformly smooth.

Eggs.  4 of them.  OH! And this is weird:

I was all like "oooh, yay, a double yolk!".  This was only the second time I had gotten a double yolk in my life, the first time being a few days earlier.  Strange, right? But then...

I got another one.  What are the odds, do you think? Not just two in one carton, but two in one recipe? I'm probably just making too big a deal out of this.  Rob said it's these New Jersey chickens.  I guess it must be.  Pennsylvania chickens don't do things like this all the time.  At least not to me.

Moving on.

4 eggs, beaten and then mixed with the bananas.  Set the bowl aside.

And here comes the butter.  Two sticks of it, in fact, or one cup.  Nice and soft.

And whip it!

Whip it good!

Come on.  You know you were singing it, too.

Once the butter is whipped up nicely, add 2 1/2 cups of sugar but not all at once, just a half to a full cup at a time.  Combine thoroughly after each addition.

Add in a tablespoon of vanilla extract.

Add in your banana/egg mixture and combine thoroughly.

In a separate bowl, mix together 3 1/2 cups of flour, 2 teaspoons of baking soda and a teaspoon of salt.

And add it in stages just like you did with the sugar.  Believe me, you don't want to just dump this on top all at once and try to turn on your mixer.  Unless you like being covered in flour.

I'm not saying I did that this time.  But I may have done it in the past.  Stand mixers make me over-confident, what can I say?

And then for all intents and purposes, you're done.

If you like bland banana bread!

I for one do not.  So I added 2 teaspoons of cinnamon and 1 teaspoon of ground nutmeg.

Then I added in more cinnamon.  Because I'm crazy like that.  Crazy and unpredictable.

Grease two 9x5 loaf pans and divide your batter between them.

Don't, by any means, lick batter off your fingers, the spoon or the bowl.  That would be wrong.

Then pop those babies in the oven and go find something else to do for 1 hour and 15 minutes.

When your entire house smells like banana heaven and you're just about ready to die of banana bread lust and you want banana bread so bad you think you're going to explode...!

This happens:


It was so ridiculously moist and flavorful, I just about wanted to slap myself for having the audacity to make it.  But my hands were full of banana bread and that would have just been messy.  So I continued eating.

And then I felt pressed to give a loaf to the neighbors.  Because they've been so good to us and it was the least I could do.  But my heart was heavy, I'm not gonna lie.  It's tough for me to part with food.  Still, they loved it!

Oh...and in case you were wondering: Yes.  This bread WOULD be even better if a handful or two of chocolate chips was mixed into the batter.

But you didn't hear that from me.


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Blogger said...

Mmmm - looks so good! And I agree - chocolate makes almost everything better!

March 18, 2010 at 9:31 PM

Blogger dax248 said...

I love chunks in my banana bread, I also LOVE chocolate chips in my banana bread :) Now, I want to go make banana bread... Hmmm... I need bananas.

March 18, 2010 at 9:31 PM

Blogger Mami said...

Ymmy!! I wish i were banana heaven :))

March 18, 2010 at 10:04 PM

Anonymous redkathy said...

Great minds think alike! I made banana bread last night. Of course I made just one loaf and it's gone now :( Guess I'm just not the advanced thinker you were, making two loaves. I did add chocolate chips though. Have a great evening!

March 18, 2010 at 10:08 PM

Blogger Allie and Pattie said...

We love banana bread! I buy bananas and let them get black on purpose! Thanks so much for visiting us and leaving such a sweet comment. Hope to see you again!
xoxo Pattie and Allie

March 18, 2010 at 10:24 PM

Blogger Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Jen, We always have some kind of sweet bread in the freezer. Your bananna bread looks fabulous. And your tutorial was so well done. I'm making this to have on hand!

March 18, 2010 at 11:09 PM

Anonymous Red Velvet Confections said... I wish I had some ripe bananas right now. I'm okay with and without the banana chunks. I just love banana bread.

March 19, 2010 at 12:06 AM

Blogger Jerri said...

Yummy! I love banana!

Coming by to let you know that I'm featuring your cake this week for Friday Favorites. Come get a featured button for your blog if you'd like.

March 19, 2010 at 12:20 AM

Blogger ButterYum said...

Looks absolutely wonderful - great photos!!

I'm hosting a giveaway this week. Stop on over!


March 19, 2010 at 12:40 AM

Blogger Rosie said...

Banana bread...yummm~think I'll make some today :) I like smooth banana bread though lol...and (although I didn't hear it from you) think I'll toss in some chocolate chips!

March 19, 2010 at 3:01 AM

Blogger Joanne said...

I am so picky about eating raw bananas (I like them almost unripe!) and so I always have tons leftover for banana bread. This looks so delicious!

March 19, 2010 at 7:29 AM

Blogger Sweet and Savory said...

This is a great pictorial and a greater banana cake.

March 19, 2010 at 9:56 AM

Blogger Alecia said...

OMG......those look so good!!!! I've got some bananas gonna have to try some this afternoon.......hubby will def say thank you for giving me the inspiration!!!! AND you got 2 yolks TWICE!!! I've never even gotten them once!!! Lucky you!!!!

March 19, 2010 at 10:35 AM

Blogger The Fajdich Times said...

Looks so good. I would love a piece with my tea:)

March 19, 2010 at 11:00 AM

Blogger Michael Lee West said...

Two double yolks! My grandmother used to say that meant good luck. The banana bread recipe is a keeper! I like it chunky or smooth. Have a great weekend!

March 19, 2010 at 11:30 AM

Blogger said...

um - yum!!!!!!!!!

March 19, 2010 at 4:25 PM

Blogger Sherry said...

That looks delicious!! Yours looks so moist and yummy.
Win Rachael Ray bake ware at my blog.

March 19, 2010 at 4:49 PM

Blogger susan said...

I confess--I was singing! My family loves banana bread and I have not made it in a while! Nothing smells better in the kitchen while this is baking!

March 19, 2010 at 5:02 PM

Blogger Brian + Cheryl B. said...

Hi Jen :-}
How is it that I check, and there's no new postings, then I come back and there's two? I'm missing something ... surprise, surprise ;-p

I have found that the riper (blacker) the bananas are, the more flavorful bread they make! So if I decide that for what ever reason I want to make banana bread, and I hadn't been planning ahead for it, I go to the store and see if they have any wrapped in plastic on a clerance rack in the produce section :-} Double bonus that way!

I have had the honor of double yolked eggs upon many an occaasion. But one time it made me rather scared. Why? I had just found out I was pregnant, and I forget what I was making that I used up a whole dozen eggs, but EVERY SINGLE EGG had double yolks!!!! After telling the story, people would say that 'according to old wifes tales' that meant I was having twins .... . I didn't, although sometimes he has been as nerve wracking as twins, but you didn't hear that here!!! o;-p

I never did to good at math either. In-fact, I swear that the only reason I passed allgebra, was due to 9th grade being in the middle school building back then, and my teacher didn't want to be the only reason I didn't move to the high school building.

So it was past shocking, when as a 'business major' I took the required accounting class, and aiced it. Math itself is too abstract. Allgebra is very organized. That's the only thing we've come up with.

Personnally, while I definetly am a fan of chocolate, I think what you needed with your banana bread was some cream chesese smeared on it. Hey, then you have something from the fruit section, and the grains section, and the dairy section. CAN'T beat that!!! :->

All too well I could relate to what your arms were feeling like after hours of power washing. In-fact, I experienced sympathy pains!! Every three or four years we go down (an hour away) and clean the outside of my in-laws house for them. Man oh man!!! They also have cement patio around their in ground pool. And your also right about being barefot, or even sandled ....

A tip for next time. Buy up a HUGE bottle of DAWN dish soap. Do a relativly light spray down of the whole deck. Go through and squirt all kinds of lines of the Dawn all over the place. Wait about five minutes, then use the scrub brush, by itself, to scrub all over. Then, once all of the lines of Dawn soap have become a huge smear of dish soap, start power washing again. You will be AMAZED!!! And no, the Dawn will not hurt your yard, etc..
(It is what they use on animals from in and around bodies of water after things such as oil spills.)

May your cook out tomarrow be joyful! :-}

March 19, 2010 at 5:09 PM

Blogger Rosie said...

I have banana bread in the oven~thanks for the idea :)

March 19, 2010 at 6:27 PM

Blogger Hoosier Homemade said...

Yum! We love Banana Bread in our house! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! Glad you liked the desserts, hope you didn't drool too much!
See you next wk for the Spring Hop!

March 19, 2010 at 6:29 PM

Anonymous bunny, The Paris House said...

Wow, this looks delicious! I love banana bread! Its great that you photo all the steps, it makes it less threatening for non-bakers until they get the hang of it!!
thanks so much for stopping by my blog, have a great evening

March 19, 2010 at 7:12 PM

Blogger Laurie said...

Banana Bread is such a classic and favorite! Thanks for visiting me today.

March 19, 2010 at 8:42 PM

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March 19, 2010 at 9:03 PM

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Can I request making Jewish Apple Cake? Just wondering.

March 20, 2010 at 12:06 AM

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March 22, 2010 at 12:48 AM

Blogger Jerri said...

Hi. Thanks again for linking up Friday Favorites and for displaying my button. Hope to see you again this Friday!

March 24, 2010 at 1:10 AM


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