I have been married to a wonderful Christian man since 1976. The Lord has blessed us with two daughters and two sons. I consider each day the Lord gives me on the earth yet another chance to serve Him.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Banana Nut Bread

My entire family likes this recipe, although a couple prefer it without the nuts. I love that I don't have to toss out overripe bananas.

(makes 1 loaf or 8-10 mini loafs)

*1/4 cup white sugar
*1 teaspoon cinnamon
*1/2 cup butter, softened
*1 cup white sugar
*2 eggs, room temperature
*1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
*1 teaspoon baking soda
*1 teaspoon baking powder
*1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
*1 3/4 cups flour
*1/2 teaspoon salt
*1/2 cup sour cream
*1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
*3 medium bananas, over ripe, mashed

~Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
~Grease a 9x5 inch loaf pan or mini loaf pans
~Stir 1/4 cup white sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon together.
~Dust loaf pan with cinnamon sugar.
~In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar.
~Mix in the eggs one at a time.
~Stir in vanilla, mix well.
~Add flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt into the butter mixture.
~Mix until smooth.
~Fold in sour cream, bananas, & nuts.
~Pour into loaf pan.
~Spread out mixture so it's lays even in the pan.
~Bake for 40-60 minutes (20-30 for mini loafs), or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean.
~Remove from oven and let cool for ten minutes.
~Remove bread from loaf pan and let cool completely on a wire rack.

`add 1 cup fresh blueberries
`add 1 cup chocolate chips
`omit walnuts
`substitute walnuts for pecans
`omit nuts

Helpful Hint:
-whenever your bananas get to ripe to eat, peel, mash and put them in freezer bags, and freeze until you are ready to bake breads.

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