baking day: banana bread


It really felt like fall this morning when I woke up, so I decided today would be a baking day.

I like making quick breads, and here’s a banana bread that’s easy to make and fun to share. It makes one loaf.

Banana Bread
1 tsp mace
1 tsp cardamom
1/2 tsp allspice
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tablespoons buttermilk powder
2 eggs
3 mashed bananas
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 c chopped pecans or hazelnuts
1 cup raisins
1/2 c unprocessed wheat bran (Millers Bran)
2 cups flour
1/2 cup molasses
1/2 cup sugar
Additional sugar for dusting

Oven pre-heated to 350 degrees

Cream butter, sugar, molasses

Add spices

Add eggs and mashed bananas and vanilla

Add salt, buttermilk powder, baking soda

Add flour and bran

Add nuts and raisins

Pour this mixture into a loaf pan that you have greased. My loaf pan is 9 x 5″

After you have poured the batter into the pan and it’s even, dust the top with plain white table sugar or turbinado sugar. It gives this bread and a little sweet crust on top

20130923-132118.jpgBake at 350° for 55 to 60 minutes. When a wooden skewer comes out of the middle pretty much clean your bread is done

This recipe is one I have been making an tweaking for years. The proportions seem to work, although I will tell you this is the first time I’ve written this recipe down. Which is the case for a lot of my recipes- I did not write them down until people asked me to share some of them.