We bought a rather large bunch of bananas at Costco last week they ripened MUCH faster than we could consume them...so I began a quest for a good banana bread recipe. I had a few but they were nothing spectacular. I went through my list of "foodie" blogs and discovered that SMITTENKITCHEN.com had a recipe. Reading through the recipe, it sounded good. Then I read through the comments and saw many positive reviews...so I printed it out and gave it a go.

First of all, my house smelled DIVINE.
Secondly, the bread was the best I've ever made. EV.ERRRRR.
I tweaked the original by adding baking powder to make the loaves a bit lighter. Plus we had quite a few bananas so I ended up doubling the recipe and putting a large loaf in the freezer for a rainy day.
Try it for yourself-- you will be SO happy with me once you do! ;)

Hopped Up Banana Bread

3 to 4 ripe bananas, smashed
1/3 cup melted salted butter
3/4 to 1 cup light brown sugar (depending on the amount of sweetness you prefer)
1 egg, beaten
1 tsp vanilla
1 Tbsp bourbon(optional,but it adds such a nice flavor! I'm not a fan but this is the exception)
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
Pinch of salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
Pinch of ground cloves
1 1/2 cups flour

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. With a wooden spoon, mix butter into the mashed bananas in a large mixing bowl. Mix in the sugar, egg, vanilla and bourbon; then the spices. Sprinkle the baking soda, baking powder and salt over the mixture and mix in. Add the flour in last and mix. Pour mixture into a buttered 4x8 inch loaf pan. Bake for 50 minutes to one hour, or until a tester comes out clean. Cool on a rack. Remove from pan and slice and serve.



heartchild said...

I am trying this with my kids very soon! Thanks!


Christy said...

I cannot resist banana bread and yours looks like the ultimate loaf. So dark and moist...mmmm! Thanks for the recipe and great photos too!