Thursday, August 7, 2008

What Do You Do When Good Bananas Go Bad? Make Banana Bread, Of Course!

My kids love to help out in the kitchen - especially Sarah.

But when the kids help, there is always a huge mess so I probably don't have them "help" me as much as I should.

But I guess I shouldn't complain because when the kids are awake, there's always a huge mess somewhere.

So a couple of days ago, when I couldn't stand the endless rounds of "Mommy, what can I do?" any longer and I noticed that I had four bananas that were drawing fruit flies, Sarah and I made banana bread.

I love banana bread. But I have high banana bread standards.

I want, no, I expect banana bread to be dense and moist. If it's dry, I won't eat it.

In 2001, a coworker brought in some banana bread and it was the best banana bread I had ever tasted. It was dense and moist and flavorful. It was everything I expected out of banana bread.

I immediately asked him to get the recipe from his wife. The next day he brought in the recipe and I made it multiple times trying to get the same results.

And every single time I made it, it was the driest, blandest banana bread I have ever eaten.

I am assuming that his wife purposefully left out her secret ingredient.

So (getting back on track here) Sarah and I made banana bread.

The nice thing about banana bread is that it can be made quickly and all in one bowl so the mess we created was minor:

But the smiles I got were major:

And well, the results were wonderful:

The recipe that I used has now become my banana bread recipe.

The recipe that I will make every single time I have bananas swarming with fruit flies.

The recipe that I will pass down to my grand kids.

And I would like to thank the Queen B and her Nannie for sharing this dense, moist, flavorful banana bread recipe.

And the best thing about this recipe?

Nannie didn't leave out her secret ingredient!

Nannie's Banana Bread

1 c. sugar3 over ripe bananas

1 c oil

2 eggs, lightly beaten

1 1/2 c flour

1 t baking soda

1 t baking powder

1/2 c nuts (optional, I'm guessing)

1/2 t cinnamon

1 box instant banana pudding (the small box. she said you could use vanilla if desperate. but i don't think it would make her happy.)

1 t vanilla

Combine all that stuff. Put it in a lightly sprayed loaf pan. Bake at 350 for an hour or until done.

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Lisa said...

I've been on a banana bread roll lately. Last week I made muffins and added chocolate chips - yumo! I'll have to try your recipe soon! Thanks for sharing the whole recipe!

Steph said...

I haven't made banana bread in a long time, but I looooove it! I have bananas on the counter now...maybe I should hide some of them so they don't get eaten!

Rebekah said...

I love banana bread too. Nothing better than warm banana slathered with real butter.

In fact, I made some last week. I tried to be healthy and used a low fat recipe.

DID NOT like it AT ALL. I've been craving a good piece of banana bread since

Tracy said...

YUM, sounds delicious! I'll have to try Nannie's recipe as well, b/c I HATE DRY BANANA BREAD!!!!! YUCK!

HappyHourSue said...

Wow, not being a baker/ or good cook that fascinates me: do people really leave out ingredients on purpose so yours wont be as good????? My family wishes I cared that much about my cooking.

My Goodness said...

I also love me some good Banana bread...sounds delicious! And that little helper (in a beautiful kitchen) looks SO happy!

Jaina said...

Sounds delicious! My Grama makes the bestest banana bread ever. I want to call her and ask her to make some, bottle up the scent and send me the bread. Haha. Or maybe I'll just ask her to make it next time I'm home up there.

Annikke said...

I love banana bread too and I am picky about mine too.

Motherhood for Dummies said...

I am not a fan of banana bread... but my hubby is. I really need to start making some for him.

~~tonya~~ said...

I love banana bread--and I never seem to get it moist enough. I am printing your recipe and making it today. Thanks!! Can I borrow your cute little helper--that may be the secret--LOL.

Queen B said...

Ok. The funniest thing about this post is that Nannie ALWAYS leaves out an ingredient!

I am glad you liked it.

Megan said...

i love BB too! oh, and i'm in love with your kitchen!


Way More Homemade said...

Oooh... I love banana bread. I use the recipe out of my Better Homes & Gardens cookbook my daddy gave me when I got married. Only I use more banana and I add a crumb topping to it... like a crunchy muffin top. Yummy!

jennwa said...

That was great bananna bread, I am so glad you shared.
I will be making that too.

Mamasphere said...

Banana bread is one of my all time favorite snacks! Smeared with butter. Mmmm. I make it with my daughter, too, and we always have a blast, both baking and cooking it.

Nicki said...

MMMM. banana bread! I forgot that existed... my mom used to make it all the time with me when I was a kid! I wonder if I could make it with Little Bear?

Deanna said...

Your titles cracked me up... "When Good Bananas Go Bad". It just made me want to sing the song from COPS.

Kellan said...

Yes - I often make banana bread with rotten bananas and have found the best bread is made with the oldest bananas.

Take care - see you soon - Kellan

Jennie said...

Ooooh, yum! Banana bread! I am going to have to try your recipe- I love moist banana bread! Looks like you guys wer having SO much fun in the kitchen- mine looks like a flour tornado went through whenever I let DV help me.

Nap Warden said...

Banana bread it the best!

AlaneM said...

Hey I just remembered I have a pile of brown bananas to use up...good timing Beth!

Cathy said...

I'm the same way -- it has to be moist. Love, love the stuff.

Valarie said...

I will have to try that recipe. I have tried to make banana bread in the past, and haven't been able to come up with a loaf that passes my standards. I do love me some banana bread, though!

SuburbanCorrespondent said...

It's great baking with kids (when they're not fighting over who will mix, of course). All my kids are baking on their own by age 10.