Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Banana Bread Brilliance

Maybe it all started on Christmas day. I was talking to my grandma who lives in Pennsylvania and she told me that my sister (who is in Austria right now) called on Christmas Eve and wanted my mom's banana nut bread recipe. It had to be my mom's recipe, not a knock-off.

Yes, my grandma had a recipe card in my mom's hand writing and they all lived happily ever after.

But I got to thinking, I've never liked banana bread. And I have all these over ripe bananas sitting on my counter. What to do....

Well, I finally decided to invent a banana bread recipe that I did like. And it worked! Me inventing recipes nearly always ends in disaster, so you can imagine my surprise when I tasted my new favorite banana bread ever.

Banana Cranberry Nut Bread
3 ripe bananas
1 cup cranberries
a 3 inch square chunk of orange peel
2 eggs
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup olive oil
1 Tbs cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg

Put all these into the blender and blend.

1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 cup crushed almonds

Mix flour, soda and nuts. Add blended ingredients to this and mix. If making a loaf, 350 degrees for 60-70 minutes. Muffins 25 minutes. Make sure to spray your pans with cooking spray.

And, to making these even more to-die-for, spread cream cheese frosting over top of either muffins or loaf.

The irony of this post is how un-kitchen-friendly I really am. My in-laws had the misfortune of spending Christmas dinner with us. I ruined the rolls and the potatoes. The pre-cooked ham turned out great, but my husband was in charge of that. Oh well. But I scored points with the homemade cranberries. It's another recipe I invented and love. One out of three.

Feel free to share any favorite recipes with me. I need all the help I can get!


rhapsodyinbooks said...

I'm so excited about this recipe! I end up with overripe bananas all the time, and as good as it is, I get kind of tired of the usual old banana bread with chocolate chips thing. I *love* the idea of adding cranberries! That sounds super! Thanks for sharing!

Synergy Girl said...

It was all going so well until I read the blender part....ya....I don't have one of those...hmmmm...guess a mixer will hafta do...