Sunday, September 30, 2012

Juicy Banana Bread?



Mom makes the best banana bread in the world. It is juicy. Yes, juicy. I tried for many years just following the recipe she used and it never turned out like hers. She would tell me that she substitutes some of the liquid with banana juice from the frozen bananas and she used extra bananas. The original recipe called for 1 1/2 cups. That was where I always made my mistake! I finally asked her, "How much extra banana?" This recipe includes her modifications. Try it, you won't regret it!

My favorite way to eat this bread is cold with margarine. (Believe it or not with all my talk about only using real butter when cooking I honestly cannot stand the taste of it used as a spread!) Others prefer it warm with butter melting off from it. You decide for yourself.

I should also add that the pictures are a triple batch of this recipe. The bread freezes wonderfully and is just as moist thawed as it is fresh. 

Ingredients:
3/4 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 1/4 cups mashed overripe bananas *see notes*
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup sour milk *see notes*
1 Tablespoon molasses
1/2 cup chopped nuts (walnuts or pecans)
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Freeze your bananas first. (I just toss my overripe bananas into a bag until I have enough to make bread.) Drain liquid from bananas.

Option 1. To sour milk add a drop of vinegar and let sit until lumpy.

Option 2. Use 1/4 cup milk and 1/4 cup banana juice from strained frozen bananas. (This is what we do and it is the best!)

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350F.

Cream butter and sugar.
I just used the same bowl I thawed the bananas in.

Blend in bananas, eggs and vanilla and molasses.

Stir in baking soda and salt.

Alternately add flour with sour milk blending well.

Fold in chopped nuts.

Pour into 2 greased 9" loaf pans. Or several mini loaf pans.

Bake 1 1/2 hours. (Mini loaves will only take about 1 hour.)



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