banana bread

i tried the atk banana bread recipe since so far all the recipes out of that book have been pretty good.

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banana bread
from america’s test kitchen family baking book

2 cups (10 oz) AP flour
3/4 cup (5.25 oz) sugar
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3 large very ripe bananas, mashed well (1.5 cups)
6 tbsp (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
2 large eggs
1/4 cup whole or low-fat plain yogurt
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup (2 oz) walnuts, toasted and chopped course (optional)

1. adjust an oven rack to the lower-middle position and heat the oven to 350 degrees. grease an 8.5 x 4.5 loaf pan.

2. whisk the flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt together in a large bowl. in a medium bowl, whisk the mashed bananas, melted butter, eggs, yogurt, and vanilla together. gently fold the banana mixture into the flour mixture with a rubber spatula until just combined (do not overmix). fold in the walnuts if using. the batter will look thick and chunky.

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3. scrape the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top. bake until golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with just a few crumbs attached, about 55 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through baking.

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4. let the loaf cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack and let cool for 1 hour before serving.

comments: atk says the secret is to have really ripe bananas. they also say you can freeze ripe bananas. anyway, this was another good recipe, except i should have baked mine a little less since i used a 9×5 pan. the edges were slightly dry because of that. this recipe is also one of the few that cameron and i can easily eat by ourselves. yummy as part of breakfast or for snack.

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3 thoughts on “banana bread

  1. wingus! I made this! made qualitative adjustments to account for altitude (7000ft here… it really DOES mess with things). Also I used chocolate chips instead of nuts. It turned out really well! i am going to do the coffee cake next.

    In other news:
    – I saw Julie & Julia on the plane and am inspired. I ordered “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” and am looking forward to making the famous boeuf burguignon
    – Got my pineapple slicer. WAY cool, you guys def need to get one.
    – I used my Silpat to make cookies, it works really well. You just put it on top of the cookie sheet. easier to clean too.

    yay food!

  2. wow i want to see pictures of your julie child creations! i was thinking of getting “mastering the art of french cooking” too. haha are you gonna try making some aspics? where did you get a pineapple slicer???

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