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Rich’s Banana Nut Bread


So yesterday morning I slept in to around 7; I know is that really sleeping in; Not for most but for me it’s pretty good. I came down to the oven on, a large cookbook on the counter and too many dishes in the sink?  My husband was sitting on the couch with a cup of coffee and the dog watching the news. I asked him what he was making, the last thing that came to mind was that it would be banana bread.

Not that he doesn’t bake but it’s usually cookies and usually late at night when he wants something sweet to eat. I don’t recall him ever making banana bread before. And the funny part about this is the recipe he chose to make. Mine is pretty simple and comes together quick and I will admit a lot less mess. BUT his was really good so I thought I would share his here, to be honest it’s not really his he made it from the Baking Illustrated cookbook. Though true to him; he changed it a bit. He loves brown sugar and when he bakes he replaces white sugar with brown an awful lot.

I know I usually have pictures to share with you all but as I mentioned I was still sleeping when he made this. Though I would have loved to be sitting at the island watching him. Except it might not have happened if I was sitting around watching. I have a slight problem of keeping my mouth shut if I think there is an “easier” (some might call it micro managing but whatever) way to do something. I TRY to keep my mouth shut; it’s really hard! Anyway it was really good and I am proud of him for seeing 3 over ripe bananas on the counter and making it happen.

Rich's Banana Bread

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Delicious way to deal with 3 over ripe banana's sitting on the counter

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups AP-flour
  • cup walnuts chopped
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3 banana's very ripe
  • ¼ cup plain yogurt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 6 Tablespoons unsalted butter melted and cooled
  • 1 teaspoon good vanilla extract

Instructions
 

  • Adjust oven rack to the lower-middle position, and pre-heat to 350°F.
    Grease a 9x5 loaf pan, dust with flour and tap out the excess.
  • spread the walnuts onto a baking sheet and toast in the oven for 5-10 minutes. set aside to cool.
  • Whisk the dry ingredients; Flour, sugar, baking soda, salt plus the walnuts in a large bowl and set aside
  • Mash the bananas and add the yogurt, eggs, butter and vanilla with a wooden spoon in a medium bowl. Lightly fold the banana mixture into the dry ingredients with a rubber spatula until combined and the batter looks thick and chunky. Scrape the batter into your loaf pan.
  • Bake until the loaf is golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. About 55 minutes. Cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack. Serve warm or room temperature. Once cooled wrap in plastic and store at room temperature for up to 3 days.

 

Problem sweet bread – make bread pudding

For as many zucchini breads I make I messed up a batch a couple of weeks ago.  Maybe it was karma for me forgetting an ingredient on my initial post and a friend’s bread did not work out for him. SF sorry this post is too late for your sugarless bread. My error was I forgot to add baking soda; it is edible but pretty dense. I being a true frugal New Englander can’t just throw out the bad loaves but I can transform them into something pretty yummy!

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I will admit I have never made bread pudding before; I did have the most amazing one for dessert at my favorite local restaurant a couple of years ago. They made banana bread pudding that was just incredible; in talking with our waitress she said they made it a pudding because of a failed attempt at banana bread. I have always wanted to try making one but just never pulled the trigger till this morning.

I took a couple of the smaller loaves out of the freezer chopped them up and made my first bread pudding.  I am calling them a success.  It definitely transformed the dense bread into something warm and yummy.  I think I will try to make the same with my next loaves of banana bread. I will try not to mess up the banana bread recipe so I HAVE to make pudding but I feel pretty confident if I do mess it up I can transform it into something pretty good.

You could have it with your morning Tea or Joe or dress it up with some homemade whipped cream or even Vanilla Ice Cream.  My mouth is watering!

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Pudding

3-4 eggs

1 cup of milk – or similar volume to the eggs

1 tsp vanilla

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp sugar – you can omit it your bread is already to sweet OR add a little more if it is not sweet enough

Zucchini or similar bread chopped into cubes – dry bread works best – if you need to you can grill or pop the bread into the oven for a couple of minutes to dry out.

Greased/spray whatever vessel you are using, add cubed bread, mix first 4 ingredients, pour over bread set aside while the oven is pre-heating to 350’. Once pre-heated bake bread for 30+ minutes. My ramekins took about 35 minutes in my oven.

Whipped Cream

Carton whipping cream or heavy cream

Tsp vanilla

2 Tbs sugar

You can do this by hand; if you are looking for a workout but I add all ingredients to my Kitchen Aid with the whisk attachment.  I do place a kitchen towel over my mixer because it can be messy when it first starts out.  Start out on 2 and then increase to 3 for about 2 minutes.  lift the towel to not over whisk, you want stiff peaks.