Friday, November 13, 2009

What Should I Do With These Bananas? Foodie Friday

     It is Foodie Friday and our hostess Michael @ Designs by Gollum is once again showcasing some of the best recipes you will ever see. Make sure to visit the other bloggers, but eat something first! It is sort of like grocery shopping, you don't want to go when you are hungry.

I don't know about you, but no matter how many bananas we buy, we always end up with at least 2 or 3 that are too ripe to eat. When that happens, I make this banana bread recipe. I can do it all in one bowl, very quickly and it always turns out great. The house will smell wonderful, your family will love you and you will only have a couple of items to clean up.

2 or 3 very ripe bananas
1/3 cup vegetable oil
2/3 cup sugar
1 or 2 eggs (I generally use 2)
1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
2 1/4 tsp. baking powder
optional additions: approx. 1/2 cup nuts, dried fruit, chocolate chips, raisins...whatever you happen to have on hand.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Grease a standard size loaf pan

Mom hint: When I grease a pan for dessert breads or cakes, I spray them with Pam (or you can use a little butter) and add enough sugar to coat the entire pan. Shake out the excess. The sugar melts into the bread but also makes the removal from the pan very easy. It doesn't leave that ugly residue you get if you grease and flour a pan.

In a large bowl, mash the bananas with a fork. Add the oil, sugar and eggs and blend well using a wisk or a spatula.

Stir in the flour and baking powder and mix well. Stir in your optional ingredients if you want them. I like nuts in my banana bread, so on this day I used walnuts.

Pour the batter into your prepared pan. Bake for 1 hour (you might check it at about 50 minutes with a toothpick in the middle, some ovens are very hot and cook faster). Allow to cool for a few minutes before removing from pan. Take a knife around all of the edges first, then slowly flip the bread out of the pan. Cool and slice. Enjoy!


Mrs. P. said...

YUM!! We have the same problem with bananas at our house. Your bread looks heavenly :)


Barbara said...

Oh Sue, Here I sit starving and going to all these blogs like yours and looking at food, especially sweets.

Thanks for coming to register....I got mixed up and put Saturday's before Friday's. Come
back and register for today.


Stephanie @ A Fine House said...

I love it! Banana Bread is one of my favorite go-to recipes. It's so good with the walnuts, isn't it?
Except this time of year, I switch over to my yummy Pumpkin bread (loaded with raisins). Yum!

JUST ME said...

THAT looks delish.

My roommate put a black banana in the freezer and now it's frozen. So we have an over-ripe frozen banana in the freezer. He's so weird.

Mary said...

Your banana bread looks and sounds delicious. I'll have to give it a try.

Gretchen said...

Banana Bread is one of my favorites. I'm definitly going to try your recipe. I actually look forward to the bananas getting old so I can find an excuse for some yummy banana bread. Your baking photos made my mouth water yet again! :) ~Gretchen

Life Laugh Latte said...

I'm not sure I would even trust a person that doesn't like banana bread! I've loved all of your recipes that I've tried. You are great at this. Holly

Coralie Cederna Johnson said...

Love banana bread! Thanks for your visit today and have a sweet weekend!

ButterYum said...

Delish! I have to tell you, I buy extra bananas on purpose (to make bread), but someone always eats them before they ripen enough. I actually have to put a "do not eat" sign on them.


Maria said...

One of the best air fresheners for the home is the aroma of banana bread baking in the oven....

What an easy recipe too! Thanks for sharing it!
ps... Have you ever substituted some whole wheat flour for the white?

koralee said...

I could really use some of this yumminess right now for my breakfast. xoxoxo

Maya@Completely Coastal said...

This is bookmarked! I can smell it already!!

BlossomFlowerGirl said...

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FrugalMom said...

We love banana bread in our house, and I will definitely have to try your sugar tip. Yesterday, we had a couple over bananas that were about to get overly ripe....we used them for smoothies.

Relyn said...

I'd have to double check, but I think this is the exact recipe I use for my delicious banana bread. I kept meaning to share it on my blog. I guess great minds think alike, hunh?

H said...

Your bread does look fantastic... and certainly more healthy than my peanut butter chocolate chip form you saw, today!

Tammy@InStitches said...

Yummy, my Mom made this all the time when I was little. I love your mom tip !