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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

From My Kitchen ~ Banana Bread



This recipe for Banana Bread was shared with me by my neighbor, Jeanne. It makes one loaf of moist bread and fills the entire house with the most wonderful fragrance. It never lasts more than a day around here.

In fact, I didn't tell a soul I was baking bread because I wanted to take a photo before the vultures began circling. But it is not easy to keep this fragrant bread a secret.

And sure enough after it got really baking there was someone marching through my kitchen every 5 minutes. I even got "volunteers" to help me loosen it from the pan and put it into the basket! Such generous men I live with ~ LOL! No one ever volunteers to help with the broccoli. Luke even convinced me that the photo would look better with one piece taken out. And I think it really does!

Funny, no one offered to wash the pan!

Banana Bread
1 c sugar
1/2 c butter, softened
2 eggs, unbeaten
1 1/2 c ripe bananas, mashed
1 T lemon juice
2 C plain flour
3 tsp baking powder
1/2 t salt
1 c nuts, chopped
1 t vanilla

Cream the sugar and butter together. Add eggs one at a time and beat well.
Then stir in bananas and lemon juice.

Sift flour with baking powder and salt. Add to creamed mixture mixing quickly.

Add vanilla and stir in chopped nuts.

Bake in greased 9x5x3 loaf pan at 350 degrees for about 1 hour. Cool on rack.


You can use whatever nuts you have on hand. Jeanne used walnuts which was really delicious, but I chose pecans because I have those in abundance. It did change the taste slightly but was really good nonetheless.

Mary at And Even If ... told me that you can freeze overripe bananas in their peeling until you're ready to make bread. I didn't know that. I can't tell you how many bananas have been tossed in the compost heap. It will be nice to have some on hand just when I want a fresh loaf of bread, and to be less wasteful as well.

Enjoy,
Lea

47 comments:

basketsnprims said...

Lea ~
That bread looks delicious and the recipe sounds like a good one. I always throw my over ripe bananas in the freezer in the peel & I've done that for years. We love banana bread, cake, & muffins. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Have a wonderful evening.

Hugs,
Pam

Bren said...

The bread looks yummy, I can almost smell it, the power of suggestion, lol. And thanks for the tip about freezing the bananas. Like you I have thrown many out, and yes would be nice to have a few at a moments notice for fresh bread.
Warm Hugs, Bren

Julie said...

YUMMY!! Turning on the oven to warm the house and then the smell of something nummy baking sounds divine. I should do that--thanks for the inspiration. Julie

country gal said...

That looks wonderful!!! It even sounds great! lol! I'll have to see if Momma can make some.

Love, Joy =D

Tomatoe Creek Prims said...

It sounds so good and I'd really like to make some...next time we have bananas I'm going to save a few:)
Rondell

theoldestonehouse said...

Lea
I'll be right over for some bread. Mine is always too dry so I'll be sure and try this recipe. It's true. I freeze the bananas in a container-enough for a recipe- un til I need them.But I peel them. I have a delicious bana bar recipe thet I use old bananas for too. I'll get that posted.

Rhonda

Janet, said...

We love banana bread...and squash bread and pear bread. I make them and freeze them. Your bread looks delicious!

Shellmo said...

banana bread sounds perfect w/ my hot cup of tea! thank you for sharing this recipe!

Lanny said...

Could there possibly be a bad bread? Just when I make one type of bread I am sure it is my favorite, until I make a different type of bread, then that one is my favorite. Kinda the same trick with cake and pies. Although less so with the pie.

Debra said...

Oh YUM!
I think the picture is sending off wonderful smells!
Sometimes I put about 1/2 cup of whatever jam I have in my banana bread recipe-the difference in flavor is nice. I'm going to try yours for sure.
Love, Debra

Sarah said...

Bread looks so good and I had no clue you could freeze bananas. That is great to know because like you I have thrown many away. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Have a great day!

Dani said...

looks so good, and is probably all gone now! it doesn't last long in our house either.....your recipe is similar to mine except for the lemon juice, I will have to try that..
freezing bananas is the way to go..but just to let you know, the peels will turn black...doesn't effect the banana though....some time Alan wanted to throw out my frozen bananas...thought they had gone bad and I had to rescue them.

Maryjane - The Beehive Cottage said...

Yummy Lea! Thanks for the recipe and congrates on your giveaway wins!! Lucky you! Hugs, Maryjane

Debs said...

Thank you so much for sharing your banana bread, brings to mind, "Everywhere we go, people breathe in the exquisite fragrance." Debs.

This Country Girl said...

Oh that sounds wonderful, Lea! I'm printing that out because I love banana bread! I always ask for a banana cake with cream cheese icing for my birthday! It's my favorite! I didn't know that about freezing the ripe bananas! Thanks for that tip!

I can't believe you didn't have volunteers to wash the pan...imagine that! :)

Tammy

CozyCoops Corner said...

Oh that bread looks so good ~ I love banana bread ! Thanks for sharing the recipe !
Janae

Farmchick said...

Your banana bread looks yummy!! I always throw my bananas in the freezer to as a matter of fact...I have WAYYYYYY TOOOOO many in there right now!

Vera said...

That banana bread looks yummy. I have also wasted a lot of bananas because I didn't know you could freeze them. Thats good to know.

tam said...

YUM! That sounds sooo good right now! And it does look good with a piece missing! LoL! Thanks for sharing the recipe too!~Smiles~Tam!

Karen said...

Great looking bread Lea...I have frozen my over ripe bananas too. It's just so handy to thatw them out and walla - ready for baking.
Thanks for the recipe.
Karen

MSM said...

I can't believe this - because we made banana bread today, too! - must be our Tennessee weather :)

It was soooooo good that I had to make a second pot of coffee.

Terry said...

Oh yum yum Lea! I can even smell it!
I didn't know you can freeze bananas either. I always threw them in the compost too. I'll have to try that next time.
It does look great with one piece out of it. ha!

Terry

staci said...

I always freeze my over ripe bananas :) But make sure you put them in a ziploc in the freezer~~otherwise they'll kind of seep and it's a horrible mess to clean!!!

I always seem to get 1 or 2 over ripe apples too and have begun freezing them. I peel and dice them first and then when I have enough I make an apple cake :)

Primitives By The Light of The Moon said...

Lea...Thank you for a great recipe. Isn't that how it always is plenty of hungry tasters and no dishwashers! I'm going to give this a try with Splenda for my FIL that's diabetic. I'm sure we will have to sample a piece too!
Hugs,
Ginger

Linda said...

Yummo Lea! My mom and I peel and mash our ripe bananas and freeze them that way. I just mark how many are in the container. They do turn brown but so does the bread.

I am guessing the boys (little and big) have devoured that by now!!

QuiltedSimple said...

That looks yummy - although I bet it's long gone by now.
Kris

Treasures By Brenda said...

Your page is beautiful and your story is exactly like one frequently enacted in my house. The vultures start circling the minute there is a tiny whif from the oven...they offer to taste test...they hover...and they definitely do NOT offer to wash the pan (or the rest of the dishes for that matter.)

I created a page about my banana bread which I would be thrilled to have you visit at The Best-Ever Banana Bread Recipe.

Brenda

Cora from Hidden Riches said...

Lea, I would be the first vulture there, for sure!!!!! In fact, I would bring the tea, wash the pan, the bowl, etc., just to bribe you for the first piece! I LOVE the ends!

Thanks for the recipe! And I, too, have never frozen my over-ripe bananas! Going to try that as it will be a great excuse to make MORE bread, right?

Oh, I LOVE bread!

Cora

Kathleen from Yesteryear Embroideries and Eggs In My Pocket said...

Nothing is better than banana bread baking in the oven! I have froze the bananas without their skins in tupperware containers. Also place the banana skins underneath plants, bushes or trees close to the roots, they will flourish! Thanks for sharing the recipe! blessings,Kathleen

The Whites said...

I love making banana bread! Your picture of it was wonderful too!

Blessings,
Mandy

Cat Nap Inn Primitives said...

HI Lea, oh that bread looks yummy..yeah I freeze the whole banana and all..it just looks black..but is perfect..yeah my hubby can dirty every dish in the house when he is cooking and I can make the same meal and use only one dish...go figure..I would rather clean it..cause then I know its Gina Clean...but the offer would still be nice....take care...

Rose Mary said...

Banana bread sound sooo good right now~and I just happen to have several very ripe ones! Thanks for sharing this recipe, Lea!

Caroline said...

I looove banana bread & will try this. Hope life is being good to you & it's not toooo cold!!
Caroline

Tina said...

I've tried a couple of your recipes this week. I'll have to be sure and try this one soon!

The Amish Style Oven Fried Chicken is a big winner in my house!

Thanks for blogging about your cooking! You are surely helping me out in the kitchen!

Katy said...

That looks absolutely fantastic lea!!! YUM! Luke's suggestion made me snicker...but he is right...the pic looks wonderful! :) I am not a huge banana fan...but oh how we all love banana bread! :)

Laura said...

That banana bread looks fantastic!

I'm always trying to come up with new recipes for banana bread and you should check out my banana bread recipes blog if you get chance.

I think my favorite recipe at the moment is Spiced Fig & Walnut Banana Bread!!!

Thanks
Laura

Maggie Ann said...

Hi Lea, Your bread must be delicious! I can't eat bananas though...so enjoy plantains instead. Also...flour does me no good...grin. Aren't I a problem child...lol. About the Magic Sizing...I think we get it at Walmarts and maybe Martins. We've used it for years..what would I do without it! goodnight...

lindanuts said...

You do have a little foot stool for me as we sit by that warm fire with our cocoa and banana bread?

I never thought of freezing bananas but I'm going to!

Vintage Linen Treasures said...

Hi Lea,
I was laughing as you told us your story while baking the banana bread. I can so relate!
Patricia :o)

Sugarplum Cottage said...

Oh how I'd love to have a piece of this. It has been forever since I made banana bread. This post really got me inspired. I've been mopping around all day doing nothing, partly because I have so much to do. But now I'm craving banana nut bread, hum gotta go make some. Hugs, Rosemarie

Penny @ Miss Pootsie's Primitives said...

Yummmm Lea! I can almost smell that bread waayyyy here in Kansas! I love Banana bread!
I didn't know that either about freezing bananas. What a great tip. Do you need to put them in a bag before freezing?
Did you know that you can freeze gallons of milk? I didn't know that either until a few years ago. A friend of mine has 6 kids and would buy milk ahead of time and freeze it in her garage deepfreeze, then would thaw to use. Smart, huh?
Blessings sweet Lea,
Penny

Mary Isabella and Kiley too! said...

I made banana bread alos this week. Ever so good...m

carolyn at cranberry crossings: said...

Yummy! What a great recipe! We love banana bread too, and sometimes I will add a few chocolate chips to it. I had no idea about freezing ripe bananas! Thanks for the tip! I'm going to try that!
Have a great weekend!

KKJD1 said...

Well I learned something today! I did't know you could freeze banana's either. I love banana bread, yum! Blessings, karen

Simple Midwest Mom said...

How funny that I came across your blog and this post when i have been craving banana bread! I don't have any nuts on hand but I think I'll make it anyway. Oh, I also freeze my bananas and they just ooze right out of the peel after their thawed. It's actually really gross to look at but I tell remind myself of how good it will taste! Thanks for sharing

Maggie Ann said...

Hi Lea, I've been looking under bottles in our home for the pvc '3' mark too. One of the commenters on youtube said that home fragrances sometimes use cancer causing chemicals in them. That using pure essence of oil was safe. Picture learning this after just buying 4 bottles of oil 'scent' from Bath & Beauty works. Only $2.00 each and I have been SO enjoying them. But now, I'm wondering how safe they are. Well, I'd better run. I need a little nap before choir practice. We have a little country church...with a little choir....that uses even me...filler material...lol. A willing heart is better than none I guess. Warm wishes for a pleasant Lord's Day.

Renna said...

Like Mary, I've been freezing bananas in their peels for many years. If we have a banana or two that's getting to the mush stage before being eaten, I just toss it in the freezer. When enough are accumulated there, I bake a banana cake! :-)