Sunday, March 27, 2011

Not Your Ordinary Banana Bread

I love browsing recipe sites. Every day I go to several of them and save or bookmark recipes, that I intend to try. Recently, I was browsing my saved recipes and stumbled upon this recipe, from King Arthur Flour. Yes, ANOTHER banana bread recipe! Curious as to why I would save it, I read through it and saw the reason why. It's not your ordinary banana bread.
I love recipes that have hidden ingredients. Ingredients that you really can't see, but they add extra pizazz to the end result. This is totally the case with this recipe. Looking at the end result, you could never tell there was Apricot jelly and spices in there. But, then you taste it and you say "Wow, this is really good!" and certainly not your average banana bread.
Moist, sweet, and comfortingly warm. I really loved the flavor the jelly (I added an apricot/passion fruit jelly) and spices added. Once I smelled it baking in the oven, I knew I was done for. The smell just wrapped you up and brought a smile to your face. Not to mention a rumble to your tummy. Everyone loved this bread, which proved true the next day, as I shared the last slice with the kids, LOL. This one is definitely going into my favorite recipe notepad!

Banana Bread
Adapted from King Arthur Flour
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 Banana bread is oh-so-simple... yet like many simple recipes, requires a few out of the ordinary ingredients to bring it from potentially boring to memorable. A hint of spice, honey for sweetness and moist texture, and one final touch—a few spoonfuls of jam—distinguish this tasty bread from run-of-the-mill versions.

1/2 cup unsalted butter, at cool room temperature
2/3 cup brown sugar, light or dark, firmly packed
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups mashed ripe bananas (about 3 medium or 2 large bananas)
3 tablespoons apricot jam or orange marmalade, optional but tasty
1/4 cup honey
2 large eggs
2 1/4 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
1/2 cup chopped walnuts, optional

1) Preheat the oven to 325°F. Lightly grease a 9" x 5" loaf pan.

2) In a large bowl, combine the butter, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda, baking powder, and salt, beating till smooth.

3) Add the mashed bananas, jam, honey, and eggs, again beating until smooth.

4) Add the flour, then the walnuts, stirring just until smooth.

5) Spoon the batter into the prepared loaf pan, smoothing the top. Let it rest at room temperature for 10 minutes.

6) Bake the bread for 45 minutes, then gently lay a piece of aluminum foil across the top, to prevent over-browning.

7) Bake for an additional 25 minutes. Remove the bread from the oven; a long toothpick or cake tester inserted into the center should come out clean, with at most a few wet crumbs clinging to it. The tester shouldn't show any sign of uncooked batter. If it does, bake the bread an additional 5 minutes, or until it tests done.

8) Allow the bread to cool for 10 minutes in the pan. Remove it from the pan, and cool it completely on a rack.

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Brenda said...

Cindy, I made banana bread a few weeks ago and I never posted it because I just could not get good pics. Your pics are fabulous - I should have had you come take pictures of mine, lol! On a side note, I'm making the cheese and bacon stuffed shells that you made a while ago tonight. Hopefully I can get some good pics so I can post it. :o) Hope you're enjoying this fabulous sunshine!

MM said...

It's funny that the title is simply "banana bread" when this is much more. Great surprise ingredient!

Cindy said...

Brenda- I hope you enjoy the stuffed shells. My hubby always says everything is better with bacon, LOL.

Michelle- I know what you mean. I wish the title had a bit more pizazz, but I guess titles can be misleading.

* Nancy * said...

Oh this looks delicious! I have some bananas that need to be eaten. I am going to make this recipe this week. Gracias.


Thanks for linking up your recipe to THIS WEEKS CRAVINGS! I have already booked marked this, because I am in search of a NEW banana bread recipe! This is gonna be a fun week, seeing what "secret ingredient" people hide in their recipes!

Just a "sneak peak" for next week, the theme is "HUBBY COOKS". So, we hope to see you again next Monday (and maybe if you don't already have a husband that cooks, you can talk him into making you dinner this week... that's what I have to do!)


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Kristen said...

This looks wonderful - I love the addition of apricot. Do you think baby food could be used?

Thanks for linking to This Week's Cravings!