Monday, October 21, 2013
fall flavor: gooseberry patch banana walnut bread from scratch
I'm not the authority on Fall, (though I think that sounds like a job I would be willing to sign up for), but I love so much more than pumpkin this time of year! Please don't get me wrong, pumpkin & I have quite the love affair, but really; gooey casseroles, thick stews & hearty breads all deserve a little stardom this season as well. Banana bread is another one of these use everything waste not, want not recipes I live for. The whole premise behind banana bread is to use mushy, old, on the verge of being thrown away bananas! I love it! The other wonderful thing about banana bread is that there is a very real chance you have everything you need at home already. Plus, you can make it as simple as you'd like or as much of a flavorful explosion as you like! A big thank you Gooseberry Patch as always for having some of the most delightful recipes!
Two (2) Cups all purpose flour
One (1) Cup white sugar
Two (2) Eggs
Three (3) mushy bananas1/2 Cup walnuts
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 tesapoon salt
1/2 cup butter, melted
Sprinkle of oatmeal (optional)
I am happy to report this is an easy recipe, but I recommend using measuring tools at this party!
Set your oven to 350º.
Get all of your ingredients gathered on your workspace.
Measure & Pour your dry ingredients; flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda & salt.
Baking powder is one of those things that gets lost in the back of your cupboard, so if you're worried about it having expired this is what you do. Pour 1/2 cup hot tap water in a glass, drop 1/2 teaspoon baking powder in the water, if it fizzes, it hasn't expired!
Next add the eggs, melted butter & sliced bananas.
Use your hand masher to lightly mush the bananas into the mixture
Sprinkle in walnuts
Stir mixture with a sturdy spoon
Properly grease your pan , I use a butter stick & then coat with flour
Pour into 9" by 5" pan
Sprinkle with oatmeal & lightly press into mixture (this is totally optional)
Bake at 350º for 1 1/2 hours
Slide knife between bread & pan
Remove loaf, Slice & Enjoy!
What else would you add? Strawberries, a variety of nuts, cinnamon? Are you crazy mad at me that I said pumpkin isn't the only star of Fall? Forgive me!