August 8, 2010

Yes, We Have No Bananas...

Bananas never go to waste in our household. I make them into a delicious, nutty banana bread. It's so hard to wait until it cools down...Can't you just smell it?

I made a loaf of banana nut bread on Saturday and decided you might like to try my modified family recipe. (I think future cooks just make something better by adding their loving touches, don't you?) I'm not including nutritional values, because, face it...I don't want to know such things when I'm eating it!

Liljegren's Banana Nut Bread

2 1/2 c. all purpose flour
1 c. granulated sugar
3 1/2 teasp. baking powder
1 teasp. salt
3/4 c. milk
1 egg
1 cup chopped nuts
(I prefer unchopped pecan halves,
but nuts are completely optional)

1 c. mashed bananas (2-3 lg. bananas)
My secret ingredient: 1 teasp. real vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350º. Measure all ingredients into a large mixing bowl; beat on medium speed for 30 seconds or until mixture is fully incorporated. Pour into a well-greased loaf pan. Bake 55 to 65 minutes, until a toothpick stuck into the center comes out clean. That lovely crack on the top of the loaf is typical. Cool (at least a little bit) before slicing. If you're really misbehaving, you can spread a little real butter on it. Makes great toast in the morning, too. Hope you love it!

I make my own vanilla extract. Let me know if you'd like me to share that recipe with you some time. It makes a great gift when packaged in a special bottle.
I have a new giveaway listed in my left sidebar. Susan at Crows Nest Pass Primitives is offering that sweet blue mouse in her generous giveaway. Just click on the image in the sidebar to enter.
One more thing...If you're creating your Christmas gifts this year, you might like a little time management reminder. I've added a "Countdown to Christmas" clock at the bottom of my blog. If you don't want to know - my apologies. I know how the thought of the holidays can freak some people out. If you're one of those people, then, whatever you do, don't look at the bottom of my blog!!!

Wishing you days filled with creative pursuits , and the sweetest of dreams at night.

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Anne - Fiona and Twig said...

Hey, your secret ingredient is my secret ingredient, too!

Thanks for making my mouth water, all I've got here are popsicles! No fair! ;-)

mya said...

Just copied this - have extra bananas in the kitchen that I need to use. Great timing.
Thank you

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

Hi Donna, Thank you for the recipe of the banana bread! It looks very yummy! I've never made one before but I'm sure I'll try it soon.
Have a lovely week!
Julia

Michelle Palmer said...

Oh yummy :)
Sweet 16 made four zuchini breads and two banana breads today... the house smells so good~ they are delicious!
Hope you have a wonderful week!
Hugs!
Michelle

Megan Chamberlain said...

Thank you for the recipe for the banana loaf, it looks fantastic, I can almost smell it. Now to get the ingredients together. Please could you share your recipe for vanilla extract. The one I can get here in the UK just doesn't seem to be as good as the one I was used to in SA and I think I would be happier if I could make it myself.

Paula said...

Your banana bread sounds yummy...thanks for not listing the nutrional values...that would be TMI!! :)

Francie of The Scented Cottage said...

Mmmmmm mmmmmm ... had a 'nana nut muffin for breakfast and now am dreamin' about some bread too.

Please do share your recipe for making vanilla extract.

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Francie

Faerie Moon Creations said...

Thanks so much, Donna. I love discovered new ways to make banana bread. It's one of my favorites. Theresa :)

sissie said...

Hi Donna,
I'm so hungry for banana bread because of your yummy photo and recipe.
Thanks for the giveaway tips too.

hugs
Sissie

Beedeebabee said...

Hi Donna! I bet it smells and tastes as delicious as it looks! I wish I could reach in and grab a hunk! I love banana bread!...Remembering what you went through last holiday season, I think you're very wise to be thinking about the holidays now! I am too! xo Paulette ;)

Beedeebabee said...

Hi Donna! I bet it smells and tastes as delicious as it looks! I wish I could reach in and grab a hunk! I love banana bread!...Remembering what you went through last holiday season, I think you're very wise to be thinking about the holidays now! I am too! xo Paulette ;)

barbarasaintjacques said...

thank you for your banana bread recipe. I am going to try it. I love banana bread, but it comes out too dry most times when I make it, or sometimes the center is not cooked enough. I'm still trying. Barbara

Honey Lamb and I said...

Yes I need a reminder for Christmas and thank you! Vanilla is our top secret ingredient for Banana nut bread too. My make some tomorrow or zucchini .

Michelle May said...

I'll be right down for some with tea please. :)

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