Monday, January 4, 2010

Banana-Nut Bread

Last night I made some super yummy banana-nut bread, then in an ultimate act of cruelty I a) took photos of the bread baking and sent them to Scott at work and b) took a photo of myself eating the first piece to Scott at work. Yeah, it was that good, I couldn't help myself! So here is the recipe, compliments of Williams-Sonoma:

What you need:
  • 2 large bananas
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest (if you have any Williams-Sonoma cookbooks you will notice this is a baking staple)
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, toasted (heat oven to 325 degrees and cook for 10-15 minutes)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar (how come you taste so good?! Sorry....)
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup whole milk

What to do:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • In a small bowl, using a fork, mash the bananas
  • In separate bowl, stir together both flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, orange zest and nuts.
  • In a large bowl combine eggs, brown sugar, butter and milk
  • Beat on medium-low speed just until blended
  • Add dry ingredients in 3 batches alternately with the bananas and mix on low speed just until mixed
  • Pour batter into bread pan (greased and lightly floured) and smooth top so it looks pretty (my words not Williams-Sonoma, fyi)
  • Bake for 50-55 minutes


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