10.28.2007

Holiday Notebook: Banana Spice Bread





While Banana Bread is fabulous year round, adding it to your Holiday repertoire is always a good idea. Especially easy to "throw together" when you are invited to Holiday parties and don't want to show up empty handed!

Banana Spice Bread

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 5 X 7 loaf pan with butter.
You can also divide batter among 3-4 mini loaf pans and cut baking time in half.

2/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup butter- very soft room temperature
2 eggs
3 tblsp soured milk
Note: To sour milk add a few drops of apple cider or white vinegar to the milk and let set for a few minutes.
3 very ripe bananas -mashed

1 cup unbleached white flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

In a large mixing bowl combine sugar, butter, eggs, soured milk, and mashed banana. In a smaller bowl combine all dry ingredients, including nuts. All at once, add dry ingredients to wet and mix until just combined. Do not over mix. Pour into a well greased 5 X 7 loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees F, for about 1 hour, or until skewer inserted in middle, comes out clean. Cool in pan for 10 minutes before turning out onto a cooling rack. Cool completely before slicing.





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