Tuesday, October 27, 2009

"Fall" into the moment with homebaked bread

Ever since the leaves started turning beautiful oranges and reds, I've been craving Thanksgiving food. You know, like turkey, potatoes, pumpkin pie, and warm home baked breads.

Today, when I woke up, I decided to give in to one of my cravings and make some banana bread. I love the banana smell the fills our house while it's in the oven baking.
I know, I know. You are yelling at the monitor right now at me saying, "YOU are baking?" Yes, but I cheat. I buy it in a box and just add the eggs and oil and water. I really can't mess that up-at least most of the time. It turned out yummy and when my kids get a whiff of it, it won't last long.
Now, for those of you that want the true homemade banana bread, I've found some recipes for you from some of my favorite food blogs.
The first one is from the best food blog ever, Pioneer Woman, or PW as she's known by her readers. She has a terrific recipe to share and of course there's butter-lots of butter.

Pioneer Woman's Banana Bread
2 sticks (1 cup) butter, softened
1 1/2 cups PLUS 2 tablespoons sugar
3 eggs
1 1/2 cups mashed ripe (overripe is good, too) bananas
4 cups plus 2 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder1 1/2 cups sour cream
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Grease and flour bundt pan.
Cream butter and sugar together. Add eggs one at a time, beating for a few seconds after each addition. Add mashed bananas and beat.Combine dry ingredients in a separate bowl.
Add dry ingredients and sour cream alternately to the mixing bowl. Beat well until all combined.
Pour into bundt pan and bake for 1 hour 10 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Invert on a cooling rack and allow cake to cool slightly before slicing and serving with softened butter.

Doesn't that sound yummy? Try it, I dare you.

The next recipe is from Simply Recipes. This is a wonderful food blog that's pretty famous too. They have all sorts of recipes and I just knew they had to have one for banana bread. It just wouldn't be right if they didn't.

Here is their banana bread recipe:

Banana Bread

3 or 4 ripe bananas, smashed
1/3 cup melted butter
1 cup sugar (can easily reduce to 3/4 cup)
1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon baking soda
Pinch of salt
1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
No need for a mixer for this recipe. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). With a wooden spoon, mix butter into the mashed bananas in a large mixing bowl. Mix in the sugar, egg, and vanilla. Sprinkle the baking soda and salt over the mixture and mix in. Add the flour last, mix. Pour mixture into a buttered 4x8 inch loaf pan. Bake for 1 hour. Cool on a rack. Remove from pan and slice to serve.

Not in the mood to bake? I couldn't find anyone selling banana bread on Foodzie, but I did find one on Etsy from Switched Baked Goods. Their banana bread is vegan. Dairy-free, egg-free and nut-free.

Doesn't that make you want to lick your monitor? Picture yourself sitting on a big comfy chair, all wrapped up in your favorite throw and eating a big piece of banana bread and a glass of milk. Are you feeling it yet? Now, go make or buy yourself some bread...


ZenMom said...

Yum. I've got some bananas that are just perfect for some bread. Thanks for the recipes. Visiting from MBC.

Shelly said...

MMM I love banana bread! Following your blog from MBC. Have a great weekend!


Brittany at Mommy Words said...

Yummy! Now following from MBC!

Beth said...

I just got my copy of PW cookbook,,,it is great! I am following you from MBC...come on over and check out Walk A Mile!

Anonymous said...

It was certainly interesting for me to read that article. Thanks for it. I like such topics and everything connected to this matter. I would like to read more on that blog soon.

Deanna said...

Yum, now I want some!

Following your blog from MBC follow me club, hope you can visit my blog too!

Blog topics:

desserts, cakes, cookies, meats, mixers, knives, lobster, cooking, cooking books, recipes, food contests, cupcakes, dips, breakfast.