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Today’s baking adventure involves bananas … lots of bananas. I was leaving the local produce stand a few days ago when the lady behind the counter rushed out to me and handed me a bag of bananas. I offered to pay for them, but she insisted that as long as I keep coming back, they were mine. I thanked her, but was still thinking, “What am I going to do with 5 pound of bananas?”. Make banana bread!
Preheat oven to 350 F.
In a large bowl combine 2 cups of the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, bananas, butter, half-and-half and eggs. Beat on medium speed until well combined, but a little lumpy. Add remaining flour and walnuts. (You can use whichever type of nut you prefer). Beat until well blended.
Most people use regular sized loaf pans to bake banana bread. This takes way too long for me. I like mini loaf pans. They cook in half the time and are the perfect size for gifts. This batch makes enough for 8 mini loaves. I have two different sized pans. Four are 6″x3″ and four are 5″x3″.
Using butter, grease the pans. When making these it’s important that each loaf is the same size. I use a measuring cup to make sure each pan gets the same amount of batter. Sprinkle each loaf with an extra teaspoon of sugar before baking. This will give the top a beautiful, flaky, sugary crust.
Bake these for about 30 minutes. I left the 6″ pans in for 35 minutes. They turned out beautiful, moist and extra delicious! You can freeze these or give them as gifts.
Better than Starbucks makes!
Nancy is the Coupon Clipping Cook, which means she not only has an astounding number of recipes to share with us (her TK recipe box is busting at the seams!) but she's also got loads of money-saving tips in her blog (she worked at a grocery store for a number of years, so she knows her stuff). She has some pretty amazing creations, like Roasted Garlic Potato Soup and Nutty Coconut Chicken. Go check them out!
Heather is a Texas native and the blogger behind Heather's Dish. She's mom to Weston, wife to Nate, and they live in Little Rock, Arkansas with their two "stubborn and saucy" dogs Bunker and Keira. In her blog, she shares her photographs, random musings (serious and silly alike), and all kinds of scrumptious recipes---and not just evil variations of her favorite mac and cheese. Her enviable TK recipe box is a testament to that. Go see for yourself!