Weekend Baking 1.7

Super Secret Recipe Edition

I have two super secret recipes, but I'm going to share one of them today. The other one is not mine to share (Aaron's Great-Grandpa's Chili Recipe) and I don't even know all the ingredients, so I can't share it even if I wanted to.

The one I am going to share is my semi-famous (among Aaron, my sister, and my co-workers) Banana Bread. This recipe is pretty sweet, and makes two big loaves of bread. Aaron always gets mad if I make it and he can't have a slice a few minutes out of the oven. This is because it's excellent when it's still warm, but I like it even better at room temperature. The other cool thing? It freezes well. So, since it makes two loaves, you can have one for now and freeze the other for later when you're craving it again. That is, if you can wait to eat the second one, which is usually pretty hard for us to do.

Anyway, here it is:

Helen's Banana Bread

1/2 c. (1 stick) butter, at room temperature (do not substitute margarine)
1 1/2 c. sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
3/4 c. sour milk*
5 overripe bananas, mashed**
2 1/2 c. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1 c. walnuts (optional)
Topping: Brown sugar, cinnamon, and chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Mix in eggs and vanilla. Stir in sour milk and bananas. Sift together flour, baking soda, and baking powder, and mix into the wet ingredients. Add walnuts, if you're using them.

Pour into two greased loaf pans, and sprinkle with brown sugar, cinnamon, and walnuts (if you're using them). Bake for 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.

Cool in pan on a wire rack, and enjoy!

*To sour milk, place 1 Tbsp. lemon juice in a liquid measure, and add milk to 3/4 cup. Let sit for 10 minutes before adding to the batter.

**I make this using my Kitchenaid Mixer and its paddle attachment, and instead of mashing the bananas before I add them, I just put them in whole and the paddle mashes them up plenty.

2 comments:

Christine said...
March 8, 2008 at 5:29 PM

Thank you! My family goes on these crazy kicks, i.e. my husband could eat a bag of oreos a night, so I go to the store and buy the 3 lb bag and I swear his gotta have oreos ends the minute I bring it in the house. He was on a banana with lunch kick, bought a big bag next week and now have to make banana bread.....so, thank you for the recipe I was looking for one and came across your blog!

L Sass said...
March 10, 2008 at 2:40 PM

Yum! Oh, how I love banana bread!

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