Banana Bread

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Okay I know I know. The interwebs needs another banana bread recipe like it needs another hole in its head (weird phraseology there but stay with me). My sister Carrie had mentioned that she had an old family banana bread recipe that she’d tweaked and I may like to have. I made a mental note, set it aside and moved on until one day I found these beauties staring at me:

To any normal human being these are throw-away-able ruins of what used to be a perfectly good fruit. But any good baker knows these are just perfect for baking. So I finally asked my sister for that banana bread recipe and was pleasantly surprised. There were definitely tweaks that I’d never seen/used in the past. I also t0ld her I needed a good ‘Grandma’ story (because Carrie has tons) and she told me about when our family got a Commodore VIC-20.  Released in 1981, the VIC-20 was a video game console and if you click on the link above you’ll see that it’s exactly what you’d expect something from 1981 to look like. It’s amazing. At the time, Grandma was volunteering at a couple of nursing homes in Michigan and she also happened to be completely fascinated by this ‘computer.’  She was so enamored and convinced that everyone else would be as well, that she had my sister bring the VIC-20 to Michigan and they walked around the nursing homes with it, showing the residents the ‘computer’ and how it worked. How adorable is that?! I can only imagine many of the residents were more befuddled than anything. Ha! Just chalk another story up to our progressive Grandma embracing technology.  Anyways, onto the banana bread!

It starts out much like a cookie recipe, creaming together 1/2 cup butter and 1 cup sugar, then adding 2 eggs.

Here’s where we go off the reservation a little bit. Take a scant 1/2 cup of sour cream and add milk to make it a full 1/2 cup. I only had heavy whipping cream so I used that instead, but whatever you have on hand will work.  Mix well. Then add your 3 mashed bananas, 1 teaspoon baking soda & 2 cups flour.  Mix until just combined, don’t beat it to death for heaven’s sake.

So most banana bread recipes require nuts but my sister is basically anti-nut. I know I know, I told her that nuts have done nothing wrong and deserve to be treated exactly the same as the rest of the ingredients. We’re all about ingredient equality over here. But she steadfastly refuses to give nuts the respect they deserve and puts chocolate chips in her bread instead. Since I was making the bread in anticipation of her and my brother-in-law coming to visit, I went ahead and followed her instructions. 1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips.

Pour into large greased loaf pan and bake at 325* for 55-60 minutes until golden brown. Of course I forgot to take a picture of the final golden brown loaf out of the oven so just imagine it right {here}.

The result is exactly what you would expect. Sour cream & milk = moist bread. Give it a try my friends.  Especially with the nuts 😀

Banana Bread

1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened

1 cup sugar

2 eggs

scant 1/2 cup sour cream

1 tablespoon milk

3 bananas, mashed

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 cups flour

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips and/or nuts (optional)

  1. Preheat oven to 325*.
  2. Cream together butter & sugar. Add eggs and cream thoroughly. Add milk to sour cream to make a full 1/2 cup and add to batter.  Blend in mashed bananas. Mix in flour and baking soda and stir until just combined. Stir in nuts and/or chocolate chips if desired.
  3. Bake in one large greased loaf pan or two small greased loaf pans. Cooking time for the large loaf pan is 55-60 minutes. Cooking time for smaller loaf pans is 45-50 minutes (very approximate here).  Bake until golden brown and toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.

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