August 27, 2014

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3 Moist, Rich and Mouthwatering Banana Bread Recipes

Jennifer U. Williams

3 Moist, Rich and Mouthwatering Banana Bread Recipes

Remember those mornings as a child when you came down the stairs to the smell of your mother’s banana bread baking in the oven? Banana bread is a classic (and versatile ) dish that ‘s made in homes across the nation – and, it can be served for breakfast, as an afternoon snack, or even to top off an evening meal.

Looking to create your own unique banana bread recipe?. There are a variety of ingredients, spices, and tricks that can make your bread just a little bit different than all the rest – tricks that’ll have everyone craving your baking creations.

We’ve compiled a list of our favorite banana bread recipes, but first – take a look at these tips and facts to consider:

Store bananas in a tightly sealed brown paper bag to help them ripen quickly. The skin on a banana gives off a gas that will float throughout the bag and enhance the ripening process.

• Bananas are rich in potassium, which means they play a key role in helping your body deliver oxygen to the brain. They also help you maintain a regular heartbeat, blood pressure, and more.

• Bananas are one of the most affordable fruits you can buy – depending on the season, they can be as low as 20 to 30 cents each.

• Cinnamon is a great way to enhance the flavor of banana bread, as the two pair very well together. Even if you have a standard go-to recipe, add a pinch of cinnamon to your next batch for a delicious twist.

• If your family is always on the go, consider putting your banana bread batter into a cupcake tin instead. It’ll create little snacks that are great to grab on the way out the door to your next activity.

Favorite Banana Bread

16 servings

2-1/4 cups flour
1-1/2 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. baking soda
1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
¼ cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 cup mashed fully-ripened bananas (about 3 medium bananas)
2 eggs
1 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Mix flour, baking powder and baking soda. Beat cream cheese, butter and sugar in large bowl with mixer until blended. Add bananas and eggs; mix well. Gradually add flour mixture, mixing well after each addition. Stir in nuts.
Pour into greased and floured 9×5-inch loaf pan.
Bake 1 hour 10 min. or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 5 min.; remove from pan to wire rack. Cool completely.

Glazed Banana Bread
16 servings

½ cup (1 stick) butter, softened
½ cup granulated sugar
3 large fully-ripened bananas, mashed
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1-1/2 cups flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
½ tsp. salt
1 tsp. instant coffee
2 tsp. hot water
½ cup powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Beat butter and granulated sugar in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add bananas, egg and lemon juice; mix until well blended. Mix flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Gradually add dry mixture to banana mixture, mixing well after each addition.

Pour into greased 9×5-inch loaf pan.

Bake 1 hour or until bread springs back when lightly touched. Cool 10 min.; remove from pan to wire rack. Cool completely.

Dissolve instant coffee in hot water in medium bowl. Add powdered sugar; beat until well blended. Drizzle over bread. Cut into 16 slices to serve.

Chocolate Chunk Banana Bread
18 servings

2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
¼ tsp. salt
2 eggs
1 cup mashed fully-ripened bananas (about 3 medium bananas)
1/3 cup oil
¼ cup milk
6 squares semi-sweet baking chocolate, coarsely chopped
½ cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350°F. Mix flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in large bowl; set aside. Stir eggs, bananas, oil and milk in large bowl until well blended. Add dry ingredients; stir just until moistened. Stir in chopped chocolate and walnuts.

Pour into greased 9×5-inch loaf pan.

Bake 55 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes. Remove from pan; cool completely on wire rack. Cut into 18 (1/2-inch-thick) slices to serve.