Dec 23, 2007

Banana Bread

All Around the World Cookbook by Sheila Lukins is the only cookbook that I own and use that has no pretty color photographs. I have a bad habit of buying cookbooks just for the pictures and then never using them. My New Year's resolution is to try out more new recipes.

Banana bread is an old favorite, it's very easy to make and it goes great with jam or coffee.

2 sticks (8 oz) unsalted butter at room temprature
1 cup (packed) light brown sugar*
6 large eggs
2 cups of flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
pinch of salt
3 ripe bananas, smashed
1 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat over to 350˚F. Butter a 9x5" loaf pan and lightly coat it with flour.
Mix the butter and brown sugar till smooth. (*This bread is not very sweet. If you like yours sweeter, add more sugar.) Add eggs one by one, mixing completely after each. This part is easiest if done with electric mixer.
Combine flour, baking powder, nutmeg, salt in a bowl and add to butter mixture little by little. Need to switch back to a wooden spatula for this part.
Add bananas and vanilla, mix well.
Pour batter into the baking pan. Bake till skewer inserted in middle comes out clean, ca 1.5 hours.
Cool in the pan for about 10 minutes before turning it out.

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