Banana Bread with Sugared Crust
I use Martha's basic recipe with the addition of some nutmeg (for hubs) and a sugar crust (for all of us). Teri's input? Years ago, I was watching her on a talk show with her daughter and her little girl mentioned that there were always frozen bananas in their freezer waiting for banana bread. Up until now, I had just waited until the bananas got old and then either made banana bread or I waited too long and they were sent to the trash. Now, I buy extra bananas (we go through about 6 in a normal day here...) and let them ripen for a few days until they are about 1/2 brown, 1/2 yellow and just pop them into the freezer. When I end up with enough, the baking commences!
This is for a double batch. I always make a double batch because this bread is always gone instantly.
|Notice how well worn the banana bread page is... :)|
|Cream the sugar and butter together before adding anything else - ESSENTIAL STEP!|
|...told you it's kind of gross...|
Add in 1 cup of vanilla yogurt (Martha uses 1 c sour cream and 1 tsp vanilla extract),
2 eggs and 1 tsp of salt and baking soda.
Add 3 cups of flour. I used whole wheat here, Martha suggests unbleached all purpose, but you can use whatever you choose. Just make sure if it is self-rising (with salt and leaveners already included), you adjust your recipe accordingly. I use 1/3 cup measure and pour slowly so it incorporates slowly and I don't make a giant flour bomb all over my face (I have done that before...). You can get technical and combine all the fry ingredients first, then make a well and add your wet. I find it just dirties up another bowl and for a bread like this, it didn't make much of a difference. That is why I am not a chef...just a blogging photographer :)
Then, sprinkle some sugar on top....it makes this awesome slightly crunchy crust that is to die for.
Bake at 350 for about 1 hour. When it starts smelling REALLY good, stick a toothpick in the middle. When it comes out clean, pull the bread out of the oven. It is better for it to be a little under done than a little over done, so if you need to go run and change a diaper (Jess!), grab the bread out before, rather than after.
|See those little dark spots on the top...sugar crust...YUM|
Slice off a piece and enjoy!
It really is best with a little chilled jug of homemade lemonade....YUM!
For those of you that prefer a simple recipe:
2 sticks room temp butter
2 cup sugar
3 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
6-7 very ripe bananas
1 c vanilla yogurt
sugar cinnamon CRUST!!! to taste...
Mix and bake - 350 for an hour