April 19, 2010

A new cookbook and Banana Bread

I baked Banana bread yesterday. Its not the first time Ive made it of course but it is the first time I used this recipe. I am finding some interesting cookbooks at the Goodwill lately. This one is just one of those plastic ring bound types created as a fund raiser. This one is thru Eddie Bauer which has an outlet here. But I saw this Banana Bread recipe and thought Id like to try it. The problem with these types of recipes from all over that people send in is,  that they are not tested and I think are not even proofread. I saw many mistakes. But I made this one and added some salt to it too since I know most call for that. It makes two nice size loaves and the recipe doesn't say that either. I added a cup of choc. chips and a cup of pecans too. My bf just loved it. Its moist, rich and very tasty. Next time tho I think I might add one more banana to make the flavor more intense.

Banana Bread Makes 2 loaves

3/4 c. butter
3 eggs
3 really ripe bananas
2 tsp. vanilla
1 c. sour cream
1 1/2 c. sugar
2 1/2 c. flour
1 tsp. b. soda
1 tsp. b. powder
1/2 tsp. salt

1 c. chocolate chips
1 /2 c. chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Sift dry ingredients together and set aside. Mix all wet ingredients in a mixer. Slowly add dry ingredients into wet.  If adding opt. things stir into batter before putting into greased pans. I lined the pans with a strip of parchment paper that ran the length of the pan. This kept it from sticking but also helped remove the breads by lifting the strips once a knife was run along the sides of the pan after baking. Bake 45-60 min.

It was very moist and the recipe said 45min. It was not enough and I have a convection oven. So at that point if they still look very soft and jiggly, keep baking. Test  at the 1hr. point then and if stuck with a skewer or pick it comes out clean, its done. Let cool on a rack for a few min. then remove pans and finish cooling.

This bread is very moist and rich. I like this better than the other recipe I used long ago. While it doesn't have cinnamon in it like the other, I dont miss it in this. Perhaps if the chips and nuts were not used cinnamon might be a nice addition.


Micah | Coffee Machine said...

The banana bread looks delicious!

Nicki Lee said...

Thank you for visiting my blog and complimenting me on my mermaid purse. With all the hours invested in it I wouldn't even know where to begin in selling it.

By you stopping in on my blog I get to check yours out and boy! Your blog makes me so dang hungry!Your pictures are awesome and everything looks so yummy! I will have to give this banana bread a try tomorrow as I have a few ripe bananas...maybe even add some blueberries into the mix.

Nicki/RavioLee Dreams