Saturday, April 26, 2008

Best Banana Bread EVER

This banana bread is the best recipe I have ever tried. Sure it has more ingredients than the standard recipe but it's so good. And worth it. I didn't put walnuts in mine, I love walnuts but Diva doesn't tolerate them to well, in spite what the allergist says. So I skip them. Sometimes I do one loaf with and one without, but I decided one loaf was going to church and we'd eat the other. I got the recipe off of a forum I post on. I did get permission from the poster. I have added a few things but it's pretty true to what she posted.

3 c flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cloves
1 tablespoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
3 teaspoons cinnamon

wet ingredients-
3/4 c butter, softened
2 1/4 c sugar
3 eggs beaten
1 tablespoon vanilla (yes, you read that right- we like vanilla)
1/3 cup sour cream
1 teaspoons lemon juice
2/3 c applesauce

1/2 cup walnuts or more
5 ripe mashed bananas

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Sift the dry ingredients...

Better yet, have your three year old do it. Diva loves to sift, if your kids are messy have them sift onto parchment paper.

Cream the butter and sugar.

Add the rest of the wet ingredients ...

Mix well.

Mash the bananas, or have your three year old do it.

Add the bananas and nuts if using.

Gently fold in until incorporated the dry ingredients, don't over mix it.

Divide it between two loaf pans. I couldn't find the top of my pampered chef flower tube I was so upset, but there you go.

Bake 45-50 minutes or until tested with a toothpick for doneness. If the tops brown to fast tent LIGHTLY with foil
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