Thursday, May 21, 2009

Mrs. Hockmeyer's Banana Bread

Perfect as a tea-time or after school snack for the kids, this is a deliciously easy recipe for fantastic springy Banana Bread. The only change I have made to this recipe is the addition of cinnamon powder. I feel that it added a little spunk to the the overall taste. Next time I will try throwing in a handful of chopped walnuts as well, as that would give it a lovely nutty flavour and add contrasting texture.

Ingredients: 3 or 4 ripe bananas, smashed, 1/3 cup melted butter, 1 cup sugar (can easily reduce to 3/4 cup), 1 egg, beaten, 1 tsp vanilla essence, 1 tsp cinnamon powder, 1/2 tsp baking soda, pinch of salt, 1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour

Method: There is no need to use an electrical mixer for this recipe as that will put too much air into the mixture and make the batter heavy and tougher once it cooks instead use a wooden spoon . Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Mash bananas in a large mixing bowl and add melted butter to the bananas. Mix in the sugar, egg, cinnamon powder and vanilla. Sprinkle the baking soda and salt over the mixture and mix in. Add the flour last, mix. Pour mixture into a buttered 4x8 inch loaf pan. Bake for 1 hour. Cool on a rack. Remove from pan and slice to serve.

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