Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Banana Bread Wars or Bake off? A Tale of Two Loaves!

Banana Bread Wars in our family?  I don't think so. This is a Tale of Two loaves!   My son made this banana bread recipe and my other son's girlfriend, Cherise, made a banana bread with apple.  I'll put this in a future post. Both were very good, but different in their own ways. In order to maintain our  family peace, we had a Banana Bread Bake off!!, more family friendly. We decided that both recipes were equally good, so both recipes were winners! In my next post, I'll have Cherise's Banana Bread recipe, and you can have your own Banana Bread War or Bake off?

Here is Chris' Banana Bread recipe, which he got from Cook's Magazine
Chris' Banana Bread 

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees   Tip of the Day! Greasing and flouring only the bottom of a regular pan causes the bread to cling to the sides and rise higher. If using a nonstick loaf pan, on which the sides are very slick, grease and flour sides as well as the bottom.  I never knew that before.

2 c. flour
3/4 c sugar
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp.salt
1 1/4 c toasted, chopped walnuts
3 very ripe bananas, mashed well(about 1 1/2 cups)
1/4 plain yogurt
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
6 Tbsp butter, melted and cooled.
1 tsp vanilla extract

1. Grease and flour bottom only of a regular loaf pan, or grease and flour  bottom and sides of non stick   
    9X5X3 pan: set aside
2. Combine first five ingredients together in large bowl: set aside
3. Mix mashed bananas, yogurt, eggs, butter and vanilla with wooden spoon in medium bowl..  Lightly fold
    banana mixture into dry ingredients until just combined and batter looks thick and chunky.
4. Scrape batter into prepared loaf pan : bake until loaf is golden brown, and tooth pick inserted in center
    comes out clean, about 55 min.
5. Cool in pan for 10 min., then transfer to wire rack.

Let the Wars or Bake off begin!  You decide!

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