Thursday, August 7, 2014

Simple Banana Bread

On one of the hottest days, why not fire up the oven and make some simple banana bread?  Bananas are always in season, or so it seems, but they usually don't last very long in our household.  This time, the bananas turned a bit  brown before we could eat them all so instead of feeding the compost pile, I decided to make banana bread.

Loaves of Banana Bread
This bread is easy to make and not too many utensils are needed.  Start by melting 1/3 cup of margarine and greasing and flouring a 4 x 8 inch loaf pan.  Then mash 3 medium ripe bananas in a large bowl and add the melted margarine.

Mix in 1 tsp vanilla extract, 1 tsp baking soda, a pinch of salt.  Stir in 3/4 cup of sugar, more or less depending on how sweet you want the bread.  Beat the egg and mix that in, too. Finally, add 1 and 1/2 all purpose white flour.  I also added a smidgen of cinnamon and nutmeg (optional).

Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for about 1 hour for starters.  You may want to add another 10 minutes to this time.  Check for wellness by inserting a wooden stick (toothpick) into the center and if it comes out clean, it is done.

Remove from oven and let the loaf completely.  Remove from the pan and slice with a serrated knife (bread knife) to avoid crumbling.  Eat and enjoy.

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