Banana Bread

Who doesn’t love a good banana bread? I remember my mom always stashing over ripe bananas in the freezer and then on a baking day she would make banana bread that was to die for. I still stick my over ripe bananas in the freezer, but more often than not they get shoved to the back and forgotten.

Leave it to Wonderful Husband to go digging around the freezer and pull out 7 bananas, demanding an explanation on why I am keeping rotten fruit. Then, begging for some homemade banana bread. Who am I to say no?

I let all the bananas thaw out and then plopped them into a bowl (defrosted bananas are disgusting and remind me of lovely smelling slugs) while I looked up a good recipe. For the last few years I had been using my Mother In Laws recipe, but Wonderful Husband finally told me that I am never going to be able to reproduce her perfect bread so I have decided on a new tactic of using a different recipe so he doesn’t have to compare.

I found this one and decided it looked pretty good. Most of the recipes are very similar, there are only so many ways to mix bananas, flour, and sugar.
Ingredients

2 cups MINUS 2 tablespoons Flour
1 cup Sugar
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
½ teaspoon Salt
½ cup Oil (I used Corn Oil which is Heart Healthy)
2 Eggs
3 very ripe Bananas, mashed
1 teaspoon Vanilla
½ cup Fisher Walnuts, chopped

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a bread pan with non-stick cooking spray
In a large bowl, sift together dry ingredients; flour, sugar, baking soda and salt
Add oil and eggs, one at a time. Beat after each addition
Add mashed banana and vanilla, beat well
Fold in nuts
Pour into pan ( recipe makes 1 regular loaf (9×5) or 3-4 mini loaves)
Bake at 350 degrees – regular loaf 50-60 minutes or mini loaves 30-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean

We had to adjust the baking time a little bit because our oven is going wonky. After it had been in for about 20 minutes, the outside was burning but the inside was liquid so WH turned it down to about 250 and we let it go for another 50 minutes or so. The result was perfect. This bread is delicious! I spread some homemade butter on it and had two slices for breakfast this morning. Wonderful Husband agreed it was quite good, so perhaps this will be my new banana bread recipe.

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