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Monday, October 3, 2011

Banana Walnut Bread

Baking time is meant for the fall weather in my opinion. I grew up in an era where there was not a lot of a/c and that meant that there were many hot days. There was no desire to do baking in the Summer months because it would just heat the house up all that much more. But in the fall when the house had a bit of a chill in the morning it was perfect time for baking. Not only would the oven heat up the house but the aroma of the baking would give the house a happy sort of feeling. One of my favorite scented candles is fresh baked banana bread and I think the reason I love it so much is because of those early days of my childhood. Bake up a loaf of this bread for your crew at home and see the smiles appear.

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1/4 cup chopped or ground walnuts

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 ripe banana, mashed

3/4 cup applesauce

3/4 cup white sugar

1 egg

4 tablespoons butter (half a stick), melted


1/3 cup packed brown sugar

2 tablespoons flour

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

2 tablespoons chilled butter

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease a loaf pan. In a large mixing bowl, combine 1 1/2 cups flour, walnuts, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Set aside. In a medium mixing bowl, combine banana, applesauce, white sugar, egg, and melted butter. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and stir until flour mixture is just blended. Pour into loaf pan. In a small bowl, mix brown sugar, 2 tablespoons flour, and cinnamon. Using a fork or pastry blender, cut chilled butter into mixture until it looks like small crumbs. Spread evenly on top of bread dough.  Bake 35 to 45 minutes, checking doneness after 35 minutes. Note that your knife or toothpick will not come out perfectly clean, as there are some very moist spots in the cake. Just make sure not to burn the edges.\
Serves 12

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks very much for sharing this recipe...:) Hope you have a lovely day


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