Girls Night In

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Table for One – Banana Bread

on October 7, 2014

For years whenever there was a potluck at work or we had a family dinner, I was always the one who ended up bringing plates and utensils, or sodas. It was always assumed that as a single person this was the most I could handle. Slowly I’ve been pulling out of that role and have started compiling a repertoire of dishes I can bring when it comes to potlucks or other dinners.

I’ve always loved bananas and almost always have a bunch in my kitchen. The problem is I often end up with a couple that get too ripe since it’s just me eating them. I throw those bananas in the freezer to use for banana bread for those spur-of-the-moment times when I need something yummy to contribute.  Today I’m going to share with you my favorite banana bread recipe. Sometimes I’ll bake this in my Bundt pan to make it a little more interesting.

Banana Bread

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Banana Bread

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup butter, softened

2 eggs

1 1/2 cups mashed ripe bananas (3 to 4 medium) — if you keep them in the freezer like I do, just put them in the microwave for about a minute before using to soften them up

1/3 cup water

1 2/3 cup all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 cup chopped nuts

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease bottom only of the loaf pan or the whole pan if you use a Bundt pan. Cream together sugar and butter. Add eggs and bananas. Stir in dry ingredients. Bake for 55-60 minutes until golden brown and a pick comes out clean.

I also like to add chocolate chips to this recipe sometimes to make it a little more interesting. In fact, I just made this for a potluck at church but, unfortunately, didn’t think ahead to take a picture.

 

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