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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

banana & cranberry bread ~ the best i ever ate

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i'm going to keep this succinct: i didn't make this bread, this bread that is the best i ever ate. dw made it for me. we had three overly ripe bananas on the counter and i mentioned to him that i don't like bananas with spots on them, and that they're gonna have to go into a bread or be wasted. {i'm one of those banana snobs.} we made plans to bake a bread together, but as it happened, i woke up saturday feeling poorly and like the princess that i am, i laid up on the couch & rewatched the Royal Wedding (because twice wasn't enough...) and allowed my darling to do the weekend baking.

Quick Banana Bread
slightly adapted from the original Joy of Cooking

Preheat oven to 350F
Have all ingredients at about 75F

Sift before measuring:
1¾ cups all-purpose flour
Re-sift with:
2¼ tsp double acting baking powder
½ tsp salt

Blend until creamy:
1/3 cup butter
2/3 cups sugar
¾ tsp grated lemon rind

Beat in:
1-2 beaten eggs
1-1¼ cups ripe banana pulp

Add sifted ingredients in about 3 parts to the sugar mixture. Beat the batter after each addition until smooth.

Fold in:
½ cup broken nuts (optional)
¼ cup finely chopped apricots or craisins (optional)

Place batter in a greased bread pan. Bake bread for about 1 hour or until done. (Test with a toothpick or skewer into the middle. Should come out clean.) Cool before slicing.


  1. ^ that.

    I don't think Mike even knows the definition of the word. He probably thinks muffin tins are used to make giant peanut butter cups.

    You have a keeper, Lan.

  2. Banana and cranberry sounds like a lovely combination. I wouldn't have thought of pairing the 2 together.

    Made props on finding a gent that bakes.

  3. Niiiiiice (bread and baker)!! I like the look of the new blog header too

  4. Hahahaa, I am one of those banana snobs too! And I also rewatched highlights of the Royal Wedding! I would love to have this bread right now. Yummy. Love the new look of the site, too!

  5. Gee I'm swooning too, a man that bakes! I need one of those ;-)

  6. wendi & ali, oh i'm definitely keeping him. i lamented this AM about there being no more bread to nibble on and he offered to whip me up a loaf. he is too good to me.

    elleswim, the cranberris add a tartness that is altogether delightful.

    foxflat, thank you!

    photohogger, i am so glad i'm not the only one who shuns ugly bananas!

    emm, thanks, i am lucky a girl!