Sunday, July 01, 2012

Banana Nut Bread

We have fleas.  There...I said it. And, not literally, "we," but our yard and our pets.  The mild winter has meant an explosion of all sort of bugs.  We've got most of them under control but are still battling the fleas.

We try to be organic as much as possible and read that fleas are repelled/killed by banana peels.  So we've thrown them around the yard and under the deck.  Left me with quite a few bananas.  Time for this classic.

Banana Nut Bread
Makes one loaf.

2 ripe medium bananas, mashed
2 large eggs
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup chopped walnuts (or pecans if you prefer)
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 325°. Butter and flour a 9x5x3 loaf pan.

Whisk bananas and eggs in large bowl to blend. Add remaining ingredients and stir to blend well.

Transfer to pan. Bake until top is golden brown and tester comes out mostly clean (a few crumbs is good). This will take anywhere from 1 hour to 1 hour and 20 minutes.

Cool in pan for 20 minutes, then finish cooling on rack.

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