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Beautiful Banana Bread Recipe

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Contributor:  
Contributor:  
Reagan Breinholt
Added: Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Category:
Category:

Ingredients:  
Ingredients:  
1 cup walnuts or pecans, toasted and coarsely chopped (optional)
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
3 ripe large bananas, mashed well
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Garnish: (Optional)
1 large banana, sliced

Directions:
Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 F and place oven rack to middle position. Spray the bottom and sides of loaf pan. Set aside.

Place the nuts on a baking sheet and bake for about 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly toasted. Let cool and then chop coarsely.

In a large bowl combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nuts. Set aside.

In a medium-sized bowl combine the mashed bananas, eggs, melted butter, and vanilla. With a rubber spatula or wooden spoon, lightly fold the wet ingredients (banana mixture) into the dry ingredients just until combined and the batter is thick and chunky. (The important thing is not to over mix the batter. You do not want it smooth. Over mixing the batter will yield tough, rubbery bread.) Scrape batter into prepared pan and place the slices of banana on top of the batter for garnish. Bake until bread is golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 55 to 60 minutes. Place on a wire rack to cool and then remove the bread from the pan. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Number Of Servings:
Number Of Servings:
Makes 1 - 9 x 5 x 3 inch loaf.
Preparation Time:
Preparation Time:
1 Hour and 20 Minutes
Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
I had to bake my bread a lot longer than it said to. It's possible that my oven is not hot enough, so just keep an eye on it towards the end.

 

 

 

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