I took our oven for a test drive yesterday. It is my new friend, and I suspect my new friend is a liar. This banana bread took, um, maybe an hour and a half, when it should be done in 1 hour & 10 min. Although the toasted pecans on top ended up a little too toasted, it was still divine. After all, banana bread is forgiving, and loving, and squishy delicious.
I think I have talked about this recipe before, but I'm going to again. I love it more and more all the time. A few years ago I went on a quest for my fave banana bread, and this was the winner by far. It is just good, moist, light, tasty, simple, and to top it off, healthy-ish. Since we met, I've altered it a number of ways, depending on how I was feeling; 1/2 wheat flour on healthy days, heaping teaspoons of cinnamon on spicy days, nuts, going with full fat ingredients, whateves. It has always been yum. Go. Make it your own. Or make it like this:
Indestructible Banana Bread Recipe 7/11/09
Chocolate Chips & Pecans (subing for walnuts)
1/2 C sugar
1/2 C light brown sugar
1/4 C butter
2 egg whites
3 over ripe banana swished in your hands
1/4 C fat free sour cream
1/4 C skim milk
2 C flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 1/2 C semi sweet chocolate chips
1/3 C toasted pecans (Walnuts would be better, but we were out of them.)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 9 x 5 loaf pan, set it aside.
Sift the four and baking soda into a small bowl. Whisk in the kosher salt, and set it aside.
In your mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter and sugars. (I know, the mixer for a quick bread? It is the only drawback, promise.) Mix in egg whites. Then mix in bananas. The mixture should have banana lumps no bigger than a nickle. Mix in the sour cream and milk. Pulse in the flour mixture in 3 additions, being careful not to over mix. Fold in the chocolate chips. Pour the mixture into your loaf pan, and top with the nuts*.
Bake for about an hour & 10 min. Be sure to rotate the pan half way though baking.
Eat it up, yummy good!
* Strange to only have nuts on the top? Yes. This is so we can remove the top for Harper. This way she won't choke, and we get our nut fix. If people in your household are not in their choking hazard years, feel free to add more nuts in the batter. Be sure to chop them well, as to not upset the structural integrity of the bread, yo.