Perfect Banana Nut Bread

First, I can say this because it came from my great grandmother. This recipe for Banana Nut Bread is perfect. It originated with my great-grandmother, then was my grandmother’s, then my dad’s. And now it’s mine. I have to share because it’s so wonderful. It’s full of butter, sugar, and nostalgia. The smell when it’s baking…oh the smell! There’s no banana nut bread candle that nears the real deal. Sometimes I bake it just so my house will smell like heaven.

It’s magic. It’s perfect.

Here’s a picture of me baking it earlier.

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See? …magic. 🙂

Here’s everything you’ll need.

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Ok, ok. Those aren’t the bananas I used. They just looked so much prettier for the picture. The bananas I actually used came out of the freezer and looked like this.

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See why I posed the pretty yellow ones?

Don’t be afraid. Two things to keep in mind: 1) When you freeze bananas, they turn darker than they were when you put them in, and 2) brown bananas mean delicious flavor. They’re not rotten. They’re delicious. Just not pretty enough for a picture.

This recipe calls for 5-6 ripe bananas. I only had 4 in my freezer, so I ripened 2 more in the oven. If you need to do this, just bake them at 350 for 8-10 minutes until they’re brown and smushy. Here’s the before and after of the bake-ripened bananas.

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Easy peasy.

Start by whipping your bananas in a bowl. This is so you don’t have crazy banana chunks in your bread. They should look like this.

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Then add butter, sugar, and oil to the bowl of your mixer and cream together all delicious-like.

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We’re off to a good start.

Whip up 4 eggs, and dump ’em in. Then, the batter is smooth and thick, like glue.

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Beautiful.

Then, add your nuts.

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Due respect to my great grandmother’s recipe, the original calls for raisins. My dad never put them in, so neither did I. But if you love raisins, here’s where they go in, with the nuts.

For your dry ingredients, in a separate bowl, sift together your flour, salt, cinnamon, baking soda & allspice.

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Slowly add this mixture to the mixing bowl.

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Then add those magnificent bananas!

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So you’re gonna bake this in your handy dandy bundt pan. If you’re like me, you’ve had many a bundt cake come apart in millions of delicious, albeit, much less beautiful pieces when you try to remove said cake from said pan. Never again, my friends. Never again. Buy this stuff immediately.

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It truly is a baker’s joy. My cakes come out of their pans perfectly.

Every. Single. Time.

Give your friend the bundt a generous layer of this magic-in-a-can. You’ll never regret it.

Pour your batter into your pan and bake at 350 for about an hour or until it’s set in the middle. I live at high elevation, and I think my oven runs a little low on temp, so mine needed an extra 20 minutes. Pay close attention to the top of the bread, and add foil to cover it if needed to avoid burning on the top while the inside is still baking.

Also, this recipe makes a lot of batter. All of it may not fit in your pan. Do what you will with the remainder, but I think the original recipe actually recommends you eat it with a spatula…it’s been passed down for four generations. There’s no way to know for sure.

Once it’s set in the middle, take it out and let it cool for several minutes. Until it’s cool enough to handle with no mitts. Turn it over and remove it from the pan.

banana bread 28And the heavens opened and the angels sang!

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Beautiful. Magic. Perfect.

Here’s the breakdown:

~Ingredients~

1/2 c butter, softened

1/2 c oil

2 1/2 c sugar

4 eggs, beaten

3 c flour, sifted

1 1/2 c chopped nuts/raisins (I use pecans, but you can use whatever tickles your fancy)

1 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons cinnamon

1 teaspoon allspice

2 teaspoons baking soda

5-6 medium ripe bananas, whipped

~Directions~

-Preheat oven to 350.

-Whip bananas in small bowl.

-Cream butter, oil & sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer.

-Add eggs (well beaten), chopped nuts, and raisins if desired.

-Sift remaining dry ingredients together in a large separate bowl, then slowly add to butter/sugar mixture.

-Add whipped bananas.

-Bake at 350 in generously greased bundt pan for 1 hour or until set in the middle.

-Remove from oven and let cool before turning over and removing from pan.

Voila! I hope your family enjoys this recipe as much as ours has! I can’t imagine you won’t! Let me know what recipes say “home” to you!

A Little Catching Up

Hello again!

I took a brief hiatus in order to do some things…

Like start school again!

Yep…I’ve returned. After much moaning and groaning and excuse making. I’m going to get another degree. I have a degree in Family Studies, however after working in that field for a few years, I discovered that I hate it. Forever.

SO, the next logical step is to get a degree I plan to use. I’m going back for accounting. My mom has an accounting degree. She’s a pretty smart lady. I’ve only been back two weeks. It is hard, but it’s been fun and interesting. Maybe someday I can do your taxes!  🙂 So this has been my life the last 2 weeks.

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Before that, was Christmas. Christmas! My absolute favorite holiday. We spent Christmas with my family this year. It was so much fun. All the home-cooked foods, the cooler of leftovers that my parents “force” us to take home, the gifts, both given and received. It’s just wonderful. My favorite. For realsies.

This year, my parents took us all to see The Lion King Broadway musical.

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It was absolutely amazing. You just have no idea how wonderful it will be until you actually lay your eyes on all the intricate costumes and lay your ears on the magnificent harmonies. Tears! If you haven’t seen it, add it to your bucket list. Truly wonderful.

Then, New Years!

My husband and I spent New Years in Albuquerque. New Years Eve was spent at the casino. Found out I’m a whiz at Roulette. Troy cleaned up on the Black Jack table, and then we lost it all on the slots. We managed to break even, though and had a ton of fun.

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We were in Albuquerque because Troy managed to get us invited to the Governor’s Inaugural Ball. No big deal, you guys…

Ok,  it was pretty awesome. We were really just trying to hold it together and avoid coming off like the Clampetts. I made it through the end of the night without falling on my face in my gown and heels, so I’m calling it a success.

 

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We clean up pretty good, don’tcha think?

What else?….What else?…

Oh.

Yeah.

Garth Brooks in concert, y’all!!

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It was HANDS DOWN the best concert I’ve ever been to. Troy said it was like getting punched in the face over and over with songs from your childhood. Good ol’ Garth sounds exactly the same as he always has, and EVERY SONG is the anthem of your youth. We were up in the nosebleeds singing and dancing and screaming for about 4 hours.

I also love me some Trisha. I watch her show on Food Network religiously, and she came out and they sang together and she sang some of her hits….She’s in Love With the Boy always gives me chills. You guys. It was just wonderful.

Another thing to add to your bucket list if you haven’t done it already.

Whew! We’ve been busy the last two months or so. Several bucket list items checked off. I managed to bake some banana nut bread today…Muy delicioso! I’ll post about that soon! Stay tuned!!