Monday, October 27, 2008

yummiest banana bread

okay, okay, you got me.  i'm writing this post for mainly selfish reasons.  this is my very favorite banana bread recipe and i need to record it once and for all so that i won't have to keep bugging my aunt and cousins for it every time my bananas get brown.  i know that everyone seems to have a family favorite banana bread recipe, but if you're ever in the market to shop around for a new one, i think your search might just end here!  there's nothing particularly healthy about this version (although i do use the 50/50 white and wheat flour to make myself feel better), but it's also amazingly moist without being greasy.  yum!  

without further adieu, i give you aunt pat's most amazing banana bread...

1 2/3 c flour
1 t baking soda
1/2 c butter
1 c sugar
2 eggs
1 t vanilla
1 c mashed bananas (i usually use 3 over-ripe bananas, which is probably a little more than a cup)
1/2 c sour cream

preheat oven to 350.  cream butter, sugar, egg and vanilla in mixer.  mix in banana.  alternate adding baking soda/flour combination and sour cream.  bake 1 hr.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Bread + Cheese + Beer = YUM!

I had plans to make White Chicken Chili yesterday, and was extra excited to come across this recipe on Annie's Eats. It sounded like a perfect compliment to the chili, could be prepared in no time, and used ingredients I already had plenty of in my kitchen! We were very pleased with the way this bread came out. It smelled delicious while cooking, came out with a perfect crust all around, had a lovely cheesy/beery/carby flavor and texture, and was very hearty and filling. What a treat for a cold fall night!

Easy Cheesy Beer Bread
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
4 ½ tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar
12 oz. beer
2 tbsp. butter, melted

Preheat oven to 350°. Lightly grease a 9×5” loaf pan.

In a large bowl, combine flours, brown sugar, baking powder, salt, and garlic powder. Whisk to combine well. Add cheese and whisk to combine. Slowly add beer to dry ingredients and stir lightly until just combined, and all ingredients are completely moistened. Place into a prepared loaf pan and pour melted butter over the top. Place in the oven and bake for 55-60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.