Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Banana Nut Bread with a banana glaze.....tested, tested....recipe


If you look on the internet you will fine plenty of banana bread recipes, over the years I have tried many, but I always went back to my favorite one. In the past three years I have started making a banana glaze to top this delicious treat...My Gardner Guy loves it. The best thing about this recipe is that it freezes well. In fact I have a few grandcritters who perfer eating it this way (partly frozen). This bread is good with and without the special banana glaze. My Gardner Guy has a very sweet tooth come 8:00 pm every evening....with the glaze it's more like a cake to him!!!

Banana nut bread...

1/2 cup butter (or 1/2  cup of mashed banana) See notes below...Health-conscious
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp of baking soda disolved in 4 Tbsp of milk
2 cups flour
3 bananas (smashed)
1/2 cup of nuts (optional)

To start with add baking soda to milk set a side and smash up your ripe bananas. Cream butter and sugar, add eggs and vanilla. Add the flour, soda mixed with milk and bananas....mix well and last add the nuts of your choice. Walnuts and pecans work great as well as taste great in this bread. This recipe makes three small loaves or one large one. The baking time for the small loaves in arounf 45-50 minutes, I find when I do a large loave it takes longer to get the center completely done. Around 60-65 minutes. To keep bread from getting to dry or brown the last 15 mintues I cover the loaf with a sheet of tin foil.Bake at 350 degrees...

Glaze

1 cup powdered sugar
3 tbsp. liquid (milk - water - fruit juice, etc.) I use milk
1/4 cup of dried banana chips grounded (I use small coffee grinder)

Mix all the ingredients and spread on warm bread......

Health-conscious cooks know that applesauce, prunes, pumpkin puree and mashed bananas may substitute for all or some of the butter used in baking. If you're lucky enough to have a trusted low-fat cookbook that already has done the calculating for you, follow the recipes. But if you'd like to transform a beloved traditional recipe, you may need to experiment. Sources like MayoClinic.com suggest replacing about half of the butter or other fats with mashed banana, while some extension services claim that bananas may replace all of the butter with good results.
Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/432982-how-to-replace-butter-with-banana-in-baking/#ixzz1n5Be0slw

Drying your own banana tips...http://mygardnerguy.blogspot.com/2012/02/banana-chips-homemade-with-food.html
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