26 April 2011

Banana Bread



I'm full of energy this morning; energy and pizazz. I got a solid 8 hours of sleep last night and I'm ready to go this morning. Sleeping down in Vero Beach over the weekend took a toll on me. The house is so quiet at night, something I used to love about it until I married John who can't fall asleep without a fan blaring. Friday and Saturday night I was restless, but these last few nights at home with the box fan have been rejuvenating.

I'm full of pizazz because....Culture Connoisseur is 3 people away from 100 followers. It's not the "100" I'm excited about, it's the giveaway that I'm doing when I hit it that's got me grinning! I won't say what it is yet, but I will say it has a little something to do with Williams-Sonoma and it is going to be an awesome way for me to say thank you to all of you who encourage me so much and treat one lucky reader with a new goody for your kitchen!



This recipe is really delicious and can be cooked in muffin form or in a loaf pan (makes 3 mini-loaves). My family has been making it for years and I will surely pass it on to my kids as well. It's a pretty healthy recipe and is best when you use brown bananas that have been frozen for a while and thawed. These bananas have a slight fermented flavor that really adds to the sweetness of the bread. Enjoy!


Banana Bread

2 1/2 cups self-rising flour
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
3 tbsp vegetable oil
1/3 cup milk
1 egg
1 cup toasted pecans, chopped
1 1/4 cup mashed ripe bananas

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Roughly mix the first 6 ingredients and then add the bananas and nuts to help the mix come together. Grease 12 muffin pans, one loaf pan, or 3 mini-loaf pans and fill with batter. Cook for 55+ minutes for large loaf,  25 minutes for  muffins, or 30-35 for mini loaves.


What are some things that you just can't sleep without?


 

46 comments:

  1. DELICIOSO!!!! DELICIA!!!
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    xx

    www.ilovenystyle.blogspot.com

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  2. these look AMAZING!!!! Great job!

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  3. 1. That banana bread looks delish. And 2. Congrats!

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  4. I need to send you my recipe for banana bread. The secret ingredient: Kahlua!

    Congrats on almost 100!!

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  5. That looks BEYOND delicious! Now if only I could not burn my kitchen down every time I attempt to bake...

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  6. Excellent recipe. I made some flapjacks with nuts and banana in the other day, definitely worth a go.

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  7. Congrats on being just 3 away from 100! We love hearing about your daily happenings. :)

    So a goody W&S giveaway? I'm all ears.

    P.S. I will be making this recipe. I wish I could show you how crazy these mushy bananas on my countertop look. I've been making banana/strawberry smoothies like crazy, but I didn't get to the whole bunch in time. I went to move one this morning and their was banana juice coming out of it. Perfect for bread. :)

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  8. I think we all need to leave this page and go ask Leslie for her banana kahlua recipe!!

    My Beautiful Life- When bananas get like that I feel like my husband goes "ewww" and I go "OooOOOoO!" We make smoothies in the morning two and I always have a few left over to stash away for bread.

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  9. Yum! I wouldn't mind if you give away banana muffins when you hit 100 ;)

    I can't live without blankets..even if it's summer I cannot sleep without a blanket, weird!

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  10. I love banana bread! It is like the one thing I can bake and have it turn out every time. (I love to bake, but I don't pretend to be good at it :) xoxo

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  11. Sounds delicious! I may have to try this some time! Thanks for sharing :)

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  12. Yum... these look delish!!!

    www.birdietobe.blogspot.com

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  13. ohmydelicious. howzabout you mail some of that banana bread my way? also, i'm submitting my nomination/whatever for the giveaway. i hope that means i win. :)

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  14. Your blog is amazing! Love it!♥

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  15. Christine- I also have to sleep with a blanket no matter what. I feel safer that way. :)

    Brissa- As soon as I hit 100 I'll do a giveaway post and you can get your hand in! Good luck, friend!

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  16. I love banana bread and I especially love that this recipe uses specifically frozen ones! That's what I keep on hand. :) Congrats on being 3 away from 100 - this blog is great so you'll be there in no time! :)

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  17. i just made some zucchini bread today and it is delishhhhh :) p.s. i can't sleep without a fan either, i love it!

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  18. Oh this is such a great idea! :) I'm going to try it asap!

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  19. yum! i love banana bread! i'm definitely going to have to try this recipe.

    thanks so much for stopping by my blog! yours is lovely and i'm now following :)

    xo.ashley

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  20. Krystal- Yay! Another fan of the fan. I'm so happy!

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  21. Im ALWAYS up for a Florida vacation!

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  22. yummmm i love banana bread! and i cant wait to get a piece of the fabulous giveaway coming soon!

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  23. OOO I have to try this...I love, Love, Love banana bread! We were out to dinner and we had banana bread apple muffin with ice cream! Yum! :)

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  24. Love love love banana bread, it is how I get my five fruit/veg portions a day :P

    I can't sleep without being really warm, does that count?
    <3

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  25. Yum, nothing better. Great pics.

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  26. I love banana bread. I actually made banana pizza with my old bananas recently. I used a pizza dough (pre made), bananas, chocolate chips, coconut, and caramel sauce. It was so easy and so delicious!

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  27. mmm! bananna muffins! these pis made my mouth water!
    hey, thanks for coming by and commenting on Christine's guest post-- lugging the camera around, something I need to do more! looks like you do a good job of it and your blog is beautiful for it:) I'm now officially a follower!
    xo

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  28. This sounds so good! I love bananna bread!

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  29. i know it's a bad girl thing to do, because of the egg, but i simply must say, banana bread batter is in my top 5 of batters/doughs, taste-wise :) <3 EverRubyGirl.blogspot.com

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  30. The other half is the baker in the relationship (he has much more patience and doesn't care how much butter a recipe requires, I usually cringe and then half whatever the recipe says and then it tastes like roadkill). I have sent this recipe to him so I'll let you know how he gets on! Thanks x

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  31. YUM these look so so so good! i love banana bread. so happy i came across your blog especially around a giveaway time haha i cant wait.
    how great is it when you have so much energy from a proper nights sleep. its the best feeling ever.
    i love your blog, i am following xx

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  32. Mmmm, that's very interesting, really!! I'll take notes!! Ahahahahah well, I must tell you that your blog is very nice and I'd like you'll follow me in mine and, obviously, I'll do the same thing!! I'll leave you my site!! Thanks for all and for this recipe, too!!:)

    http://imonfashionblog.blogspot.com/

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  33. Banana muffins/bread are probably my favorite type of muffins. I have a particular recipe I love too and when they're warm-ohhh the best!

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  34. ohmygosh, I am waaay to hungry to be reading this, these look soo good.

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  35. this sounds so good, i love banana bread. i love your blog, following. x

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  36. I can't bake for my life and banana bread is the one thing I can make. I will definitely have to try this.

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  37. Yum! Nothing is more comforting than banana bread.

    xo,

    Sarah

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  38. I am so hungry right now and I am thinking I could probably eat about a billion of these!

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  39. Those muffins look fantastic!! Yum. One thing I can't sleep without - my pillow. It's a fake Tempur Pedic from Costco and it's the best thing in the world.

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  40. I don't know if this is similar to banana nut bread, which I love, but it still looks very tasty. Thanks for stopping by my blog! :D

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  41. Yum, banana bread! I love that you made it into muffin shapes. So adorable!

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  42. While I am not a fan of bananas (I keep trying, but no dice), banana bread?! Oh. my. yes. :) Always on the lookout for new recipes to try! (And, to echo several other readers, I LOVE that it calls for frozen bananas!) In addition to Rolette ingredients, I'm totally throwing some bananas in my cart this, too :)

    Also, I'm loving all your posts lately-- you're on fire, friend! (To qualify: I've always loved your writing... but I get so excited to see new Hannah posts pop up in my reader almost daily!)

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