The Damsel received a request for a post about making banana bread, and since it came from her cutie patootie newlywed niece, she could not refuse.
Besides, this recipe uses a couple of things Old School classmates should now have on hand.
dun dun dun . . .
Remember the bananas in the freezer? Yeah, they’re still in there, and the Damsel could have used those. But the banana problem at the Damsel’s cottage is ongoing. Sometimes the Damsel’s fruit bowl is nothing but a place bananas go to die.
Miss Mrs. Niece asked for a recipe that didn’t turn out dry. You got it, baby.
Measure 1/3 cup soft (not melted) butter into a mixing bowl. The Damsel loves to measure butter, and wishes everything in her life was this easy.
Add two eggs, and 2/3 cup plain white wicked sugar. Beat this until it’s fluffy. Now, people want to know: wuts with the non-KitchenAid mixer? Don’t all food bloggers have a KitchenAid?
- This mixer is the Damsel’s best little helper, since it can make 6+ loaves of bread at a time and not break a sweat
- The Damsel doesn’t consider herself a food blogger, especially since those people seem to all have mad photo skilz. Sigh. Someday.
Take yer speckled bananas and squish them into a 1 cup measure, thereby measuring and “mashing” the banana at the same time. Don’t worry if it’s not totally mashed. It’ll all be okay in the end. Scoop this glop out into the mixer bowl.
The Damsel used a little more than 2 bananas to get 1 cup, but your mileage may vary.
Now please go to your fridge and get your homemade buttermilk that you learned to make at the Old School and have kept refreshing after using it. You have it, right? RIGHT???? Don’t make the Damsel give you detention, now. Put in 3 tablespoons of the gloppy gloriousness.
Okay, now, remember the Damsel said she is the Anti-Sifter? She gives you permission on this recipe to Not Sift. Shhh! Don’t tell the food bloggers. Just turn the mixer on and sprinkle the dry ingredients in so that they don’t clump: 1/2 tsp. salt, 1/2 tsp. soda, 1 tsp. baking powder, and 2 cups flour. Mix well. If you are of the nut persuasion, add 1 cup chopped nuts. The Damsel has heard there are people in the world who don’t like nuts, and she’s trying to be understanding about that, but it’s really hard.
Find yourself a large loaf pan and grease/flour it. Pamming it might work but since this is a dense batter, the Damsel didn’t risk it. Scoop the batter into the pan and smooth the top. Bake for 55-60 minutes at 350, until it passes the toothpick test. (It took 65 minutes for the Damsel)
Maybe it’s the buttermilk–but this bread turned out perfect . . . not dry, not goobery.
Go nuts, try it.