Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Banana Bread

This is a recipe that my mom has been making for years. I think it's really an excuse to keep all those old black bananas in the freezer. Anyway, it's delicious every time. What makes this recipe unique is the special ingredient of chocolate chips. I think she started doing that around the same time as making our pancakes with chocolate chips, too. My sister even added her own twist to it by putting cocoa powder in the mix.

Merrie's Banana Bread
3 ripe mashed bananas
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter or margarine (or 1/2 stick)
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups flour (I sometimes use whole wheat)
1 tsp baking soda
dash salt
1/2 cup milk, soured (add 1 tsp lemon juice or vinegar to the milk)
1/2 cup nuts (optional)
1/2 cup chocolate chips (optional)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Cream together the sugar and butter. Add the eggs, vanilla and mashed bananas and mix well. In a separate bowl add the flower, baking soda and salt. Add to the wet mix along with the sour milk. Mix well. Add the nuts and chocolate chips.
Prepare 1 large bread pan (5 x 9) or 2 small bread pans (5 x 3) by buttering and flouring (or use a flour spray). Pour in the mix and tap lightly to smooth.
Bake for about 45 minutes or until lightly browned on top and when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from oven and let sit for a few minutes before removing the bread from the pan to cool on baker's racks.

Enjoy! I like spreading some butter on the bread, but it's good plain, too.