May 15, 2011

Amazing Banana Bread

At our first grocery shopping trip, Tom and I both bought bananas.  I didn't think much of it at the time because I'm used to living with my family, where bananas disappear practically overnight.  What we learned, though, was that the two of us just don't eat them quite as quickly on our own.  The result was a bunch of nearly-black bananas sitting in our fruit basket.  My solution: banana bread, of course.

I can't tell you how amazing our house smells after two loaves baked in the oven this afternoon.  I tried a new recipe (because I haven't baked this since my college days and have no idea what recipe I used then), and it turned out DELICIOUS!  Seriously, it was so.... moist (ew... I hate that word, but I don't know what else to say).  I can't wait until breakfast tomorrow when I will allow myself to have another slice.

Here's the recipe, adapted from All Recipes:

1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt (I use Chobani)
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
2 medium bananas, mashed
1 teaspoon of cinnamon (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x5 inch loaf pan.
2. In a large bowl, mix together the butter and sugar. Add the eggs and vanilla, mix well. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt, stir into the butter mixture until smooth. Finally, fold in the Greek yogurt, walnuts and bananas. Spread evenly into the prepared pan. Sprinkle cinnamon and sugar on top, if desired. 
3. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean. Cool loaf in the pan for 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

1 comment:

  1. I love banana bread but fail to make it anytime my bananas go bad. For some reason lazyness ensues and I end up throwing them away. Prob for the better though because right now I'd be eating the entire loaf alone. That is one of the things I am looking forward to in moving is that I can bake and cook and I will have someone else to eat it!