Monday, November 18, 2013

Mini Banana-Nut Loaves

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In our home, we really adore banana bread.  We love it as a snack, dessert, or as a traditional breakfast on Thanksgiving morning.  The following recipe is one I've used for several years and I absolutely love it.  You may use this recipe to make a traditional 9X5 loaf, or several mini loaves such as I've done here.

Ingredient List:
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup real butter, softened (do not substitute)
2 eggs
1 1/4 cup (approximately 2 1/2 medium to large) very ripe bananas, mashed
1/3 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1-2 tablespoons melted butter
1-2 tablespoons sugar for dusting

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Grease bottoms of your mini loaf pans.  I personally prefer to use butter-flavored Crisco. 

In a large bowl, beat sugar and butter together until it has a light and fluffy consistency.  Beat in eggs.  Add mashed bananas, milk, and vanilla; blend well.  In a separate medium-sized bowl, combine flour, nuts, baking soda, and salt...mix thoroughly.  Add banana mixture to dry, stir until dry ingredients are moistened.  

Pour mixture into your pan(s).

Bake at 350 for approximately 50 minutes for one loaf, 40-45 for mini loaves.  I like a dense loaf, so do not overcook or the bread will turn out dry.  You can gauge this by inserting a toothpick into the bread.  The toothpick should come out almost completely clean.  

Remove your loaves from the oven. While still warm, brush with melted butter. 

Dust with sugar.

Cool approximately 3 minutes before removing from your pan.  Enjoy!

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