Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Banana Banana Bread

Banana is my least favorite fruit. I never eat it plain. I like fruits that are refreshing, juicy, and have the ability to quench my thirst. Banana does not do any of those things for me. Actually, I know some people that love bananas not because they taste good, but because they are too lazy to peel fruits and get their hands dirty. I guess in that aspect, bananas are quite convenient, but they are not for me. 
Having said that, I don't mind bananas in ice cream sundaes, dessert crepes / waffles, milkshakes, smoothies - bananas make great compliments, just as long as they are accompanied by something that is refreshing in itself. I actually don't even mind those dried banana chips either, or fried bananas. And I guess without question, I like banana bread too; they are great for baking.

This banana bread is moist and delicious, with loads of banana flavor (hence the double "banana" in the name hehe). Caution though, this bread is very dense and heavy, so if you're looking for a lighter cake or muffin-type banana bread, look elsewhere. 


Banana Banana Bread - adapted from allrecipes
(Yields 1 - 9 x 5 inch loaf)

Ingredients
  • 2 1/3 cups mashed overripe bananas (I used 6)
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
Before
After

Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9 x 5 inch loaf pan.

2. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt. In a separate bowl, cream together butter  and brown sugar. Stir in eggs and mashed bananas until well blended. 


3. Using a wooden spoon, stir banana mixture into flour mixture; mix gently until just moisten. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan.


4. Bake in preheated oven for 60 to 65 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of the loaf comes out clean. Let bread cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack.

Note: Test with a toothpick in several places for doneness so you don't mistakenly hit a banana piece and think it is underdone.



I've made this banana bread a handful of times now and I still love it =) I may spice things up a bit next time though by adding some chocolate chips.


Care to share with me your favorite banana bread recipe? Or any recipe with bananas in them?=D


9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Lookss soo yum...and it came out great :) love the first shot!
Shazia

The Food Junkie said...

Thanks Shazia! =)

Chelsea said...

That looks delicious! I love banana bread! I always keep switching recipes so I haven't found one I really love yet. Have you tried making banana muffins too? I find they're more convenient and portable if you want it for breakfast or to snack on.

Vickie said...

LOL... i don't think I need to start a blog anytime soon, cause it'ss end up a copy of yours.... once again I feel the same way about Banana =P we think alike about food I guess, totally the same taste and mentality >_<

Elaine said...

I LOVE banana bread. and banana on its own. not because i'm too lazy to peel fruits, i'm pretty much a fruit junkie i eat almost all kind of fruit. banana has a unique taste and sweetness, i sometimes chop it into small pieces and have it as a dessert. thou i know a lot of people don't appreciate its texture and taste.

love your recipes and blogs btw :) johnnie reminded me a thousand times that i have to let you know. just that i'm too shy to comment :P

Would you happen to have a good (easy) cornbread recipe? i really want to try making my own cornbread.

The Food Junkie said...

@Chelsea - Thanks! Maybe you can give this recipe a try? hehe =) Yup I make banana muffins too~ Yes I agree, muffin portions are good and very portable =) I always make them using this recipe: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Banana-Crumb-Muffins/Detail.aspx

@Vickie - OMG I know eh? Hahaha we are so similar when it comes to food! It's crazy! I find that our dislike for ordering chicken at restaurants to be the best one =D

@Elaine - Thanks for FINALLY commenting, girl! HAHAHA~ Yeh I love fruits too, just not banana =P As for cornbread, YES I DO have a recipe! Check this out~ I've made it before and it's quite good yet simple. Make sure to read the first comment on the page: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Grandmothers-Buttermilk-Cornbread/Detail.aspx

AC said...

I can agree with the some people not liking the texture and taste of bananas, though I do know a lot of people that love to combine bananas and peanut butter together.

I love banana bread and I'm lucky to have tried some a while back when you made it. Hope I can sample it again soon :)

conartiste said...

I made a banana bread recently too!

Here's my version of a banana loaf:
http://twitpic.com/259jwl
I added walnuts and cranberries :D

Also I'm a stickler for healthier baked goods (most of the time anyways!) So I'll use whole wheat and honey whenever I can to replace white flour and sugars.

The Food Junkie said...

@conartiste - thanks for your comment =) And oooh your loaf looks so good I LOVE cranberries for baking.

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