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Thursday, December 30, 2010

quite possibly the best batter i have ever tasted in my life

Banana Nut Bread

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1 1/3 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/4 cup sour cream
2 tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup mashed ripe bananas (2ish bananas)*
1-1 1/2 cup chopped pecans
powdered sugar (to sprinkle)

*as most of you probably know, ripe is basically black. bananas are not truly ripe until browned. the riper and mushier the banana the better--the ripeness affects the sweetness and the moisture of the bread. i was concerned about my bananas because they were COMPLETELY black and disgusting looking, so I did some research. apparently, unless they smell rotten, they are good to go. and oh my goodness. the batter tasted a-effing-mazing. i let them get to a dark brown and then put them in the freezer until i was ready to make the bread. two left--just enough for another loaf soon yummmmm :)

1. Combine butter and sugar. Cream until light and fluffy.

2. Add eggs, sour cream, milk and vanilla, mixing well.

3. Combine dry ingredients (not the sugar/powdered sugar, though).

fantastic new jars cd, a truly communal project. great music for baking. based on the irish proverb: "It is in the shelter of each other that the people live."

4. Alternate adding dry mixture and mashed bananas, mixing well after each addition.

5. Stir in pecans.

6. Pour batter into greased 9x5x2 loaf pan. This batter is quite possibly the best thing i have ever tasted in my entire life.

7. Bake @ 350 for 60 minutes-ish or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
here's juno waiting for the bread to come out of the oven. heh. she's precious.

8. Sprinkle powdered sugar on top.


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