2009-03-01

I thought we came here to escape winter! (+ the best banana bread recipe we have ever tested/tasted)

Just when we thought we were cheating winter by joining Rob in Alabama, our warm spring days of February transformed into a wintry mix on this first day of March. Snow just doesn't look right floating outside over a swimming pool or palm trees. Of course, the snow won't stick and the temperatures aren't bitter so I can't complain. Secretly, I love the snow but loathe the cold. Hopefully the locals are appreciating this rare treat from mother nature.


And now...



the best banana bread ever!


I first came across this recipe via a link to For the Love of Cooking on Foodbuzz. My first thought was, "hmmm that sounds interesting...it might be good, but, surely not the best ever. Sounds like a fun and tasty challenge to me." Many thanks to Leslie from "The Hungry Housewife," who graciously shared this recipe on her blog. I am new to Leslie's blog but spent a good hour after Rob and M went to bed reading some of her past posts and viewing a few of her videos -- hilarious lady with serious talent in the kitchen. Here's the yummy recipe:
LESLIE'S ULTIMATE BANANA BREAD
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 eggs
4 large, ripe bananas
1/3 cup buttermilk
3/4 to 1 cup toasted walnuts (toasted makes a difference -- one you should try)
1 Tbsp vanilla
1 cup coconut
1 cup blueberries + a handful for sprinkling on top
Preheat oven to 350 and use middle rack
Cream together butter and sugar with hand mixer or stand mixer. Add egg one at a time, mixing well in between each addition. In a separate bowl whisk together flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture, alternating with the buttermilk. Add bananas, vanilla, nuts and coconut and stir until combined. Fold in blueberries. Lightly grease TWO 8in x 3 3/4in x 2 1/2in pans. Pour the batter into both pans evenly. Sprinkle some blueberries on top for a garnish. Bake for 45-55 minutes or until toothpick comes out of the center with only slight crumbs on it. Try to let it cool before cutting into it.
Tips***
To toast the walnuts, just place in large skillet over medium heat and cook until fragrant and lightly browned, stirring occasionally. Usually around 5 to 8 minutes.
I use the two smaller pans because I found that if you make one large loaf the bottom tends to burn before the middle is done (I totally agree with Leslie on this. The consistency of the finished loaves is perfect throughout). And besides, 2 loaves are better than one.
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1 comment:

  1. Ohhhh..thank you so very much for your kind words. And I am glad you family loved the banana bread. It looks like you cooked it PERFECTLY!!!!! Stop back by my blog anytime!!!!

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