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Banana Bread

25 Aug

For this weeks recipe of the week I decided to share a recipe that requires absolutely no mixer! I didn’t pull out the mixer once for this one, just used a little arm muscles, and it came out great. So get ready for some good ole banana bread!

For this you will need:

2 cups flour

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

2 beaten eggs

1 1/2 cups mashed bananas (3-5 depending on size)

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup cooking oil, or melted butter or margarine

1/4 cup chopped walnuts

Streusel- nut topping

To begin grease the bottom and sides of one 5×9 or 2 7 1/2x 3 1/2 loaf pans. Set aside.

Combine flour, baking powder, soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and 1/4 teaspoon salt.

If you don’t have an 1/8 teaspoon measuring spoon, you can estimate a bit. 1/8 teaspoon is approximately the size of a penny with a tiny mound in the palm of your hand:

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Make a well in the center and set aside.

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In a medium bowl combine eggs, bananas, sugar and oil. Just whisk together.

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Add egg mixture all at once to the flour mixture. Stir just until moistened. Batter will be slightly lumpy.

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Fold in nuts.

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Spoon batter into prepared pan(s).

For the streusel topping combine 1/4 cup packed brown sugar, and 3 tablespoons flour.

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Using a fork or a pasty blender, cut in 2 tablespoons butter, and stir in 1/3 cup chopped walnuts. Sprinkle over bread mixture.

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Bake at 350 for 55- 60 minutes, or until a knife inserted in center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack in the pan for 10 minutes.

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Then remove bread from pan and cool completely on a wire rack.

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This can be covered with foil and kept for about a week. Sliced and spread with a bit of butter while warm is great, but it is good cold as well.

You can see I slightly over cooked the topping and that was because I used melted butter in the topping, a big no no I learned.

You can omit the topping all together, and you also don’t need to use the walnuts to have a great tasting bread. This is entirely up to whether you like nuts in your bread or not.

Best banana bets:

You can use any bananas, if you are using a blended to mash them.

They can be mashed by hand with a potato masher or a fork, but the best bet there would be to use really ripe bananas at that point to make the mashing easier.

Any extra bananas you have mashed and don’t need, just put in a freezer bag and freeze to use again.

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Posted by on August 25, 2013 in Recipe of the week

 

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