Banana Bread

To be perfectly honest, I didn’t get a hankering for banana bread until I was playing Warcraft one day and looted some from a dead enemy. Yeah, my character is so mean, she not only kills bad guys but steals their lunch, too.

Like with anything else, I found and altered a banana bread recipe that could be modified to personal tastes. The first version I tried contained raisins and walnuts. The second, which is the family favorite, contains raisins and dried cranberries. Whatever you choose, it’s bound to be delicious! As a snack, breakfast, or even dessert, it certainly goes well with a nice cup of tea.

Bake Time: 1hr 10min to 1hr 25min (70min-85min), depending on pan and oven
Bake Temp: 325F
Pan: 9x5x3 glass loaf pan

1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened @ room temp
2 large eggs
3 ripe large bananas
1 tblsp milk
1 tsp cinnamon
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt

1.) Preheat oven and generously butter the insides of your loaf pan. This is one of the only times I’ll actually go and get another stick of butter to use for the pan instead of using a non-stick spray. It makes it that much more delicious, trust me.

2.) Cream sugar and butter together til light. Add eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Scrape down sides if necessary.

3.) In a separate bowl, mash up your bananas with a fork. Mix in the milk and cinnamon.

4.) In yet another bowl, combine your dry ingredients– flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda.

5.) Add the banana mixture to the butter mixture and mix well. Then add the flour mixture to the banana/butter mixture, stirring gently until all of the flour disappears and is incorporated with everything else. Do NOT overwork the batter.

6.) At this point, you can add your fixings! If you’re using walnuts, make sure they’re roughly chopped. With raisins and dried cranberries, you can reconstitute them by having them soak in some boiling water for five minutes so that they’re extra plump and juicy in the bread. Just make sure to gently fold them in so that you’re not working the dough too much again.

7.) Pour the batter into your prepared loaf pan. Bake in your preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. Allow to sit in the pan for 15min out of the oven, then take the bread out of the pan to cool completely on a wire rack.

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