Friday, October 5, 2012

Six Banana Banana Bread

* 2 cups all purpose flour
* 1 tsp baking soda
* 1/4 tsp salt
* 1 tsp cinnamon
* 1/2 cup butter, softened
* 3/4 cup brown sugar
* 2 eggs
* 6 bananas, overripe and previously frozen (preferred)
* 2/3 cup walnuts (optional)

1. Preheat the oven to 350.  Use the wrapper from your softened butter to prep your 9x5 loaf pan.
2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.
3. In a second bowl cream the butter and brown sugar.  Add the eggs one a time and beat after each addition.  Add the thawed bananas one at a time by simply opening the banana peel and letting the fruit and juice drop into the bowl.  Beat each banana into the sugar/egg mixture.
4. Once all 6 bananas have been incorporated, stir the dry ingredients into the bowl.  Do not over mix.  Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan.  If using the walnuts, cut them into the batter in the loaf pan at this point.
5. Bake the bread for 60-65 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.  Let the bread cool in the pan for about 10 minutes, then run a knife around the edges and turn onto a wire rack to complete cooling.

6 bananas in one loaf???  I thought I had misread the recipe, but no, it really calls for 6 bananas!  This quick bread is dense, but very moist, and very banana-y tasting!  What a great way to use those frozen bananas.

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