Thursday, April 05, 2007

Yes, we have no bananas

...because I turned the bananas into banana bread! Sometimes baking offers much more immediate satisfaction than knitting does.

I was never particularly fond of banana bread until I tried the recipe from King Arthur Flour's Baker's Companion. If you like to bake and don't own this book, do yourself a favor and obtain a copy. This bread (who are we kidding? it's cake) is incredibly moist and flavorful. And easy!

I found a copy of the recipe here, but pay no attention to the comment that it only works well with sour cream. I make mine with buttermilk—powdered buttermilk, at that—and it turns out perfectly every time. Make sure to use "true" cinnamon (as opposed to the cassia cinnamon generally available in American supermarkets) so that the cinnamon flavor doesn't dominate. For me, banana bread should be more about nutmeg than cinnamon.

5 Comments:

At 4/5/07, 4:45 PM, Blogger ~Kristie said...

Thanks for the links. I think I may have to try that Strawberry Bread though since I *love* strawberries.

I usually make my mother's banana bread recipe which includes a jar of baby food bananas. I know it sounds strange, but it's good!

 
At 4/5/07, 9:18 PM, Anonymous kelp! said...

I'm definitely going to give that recipe a shot - I've been on a major banana bread/muffin kick lately. I heart bananas, and always have a few old, funky ones lying around, waiting to be mooshed and bake.

 
At 4/6/07, 1:59 PM, Blogger Jodi said...

I'm completely hooked on Penzey's. I must admit that I use their cheap cinnamon, though. Thanks for the recipes.

 
At 4/10/07, 8:00 AM, Blogger knittingphilistine said...

Wow, that looks delicious! I love a good banana bread.

PS: Thanks for the birthday wishes!!

 
At 4/10/07, 5:10 PM, Anonymous naomi said...

If you don't have buttermilk or sour cream, milk plus vinegar works pretty well. (I generally use about a 4:1 ratio in such cases.)

 

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