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16 March 2011

Banana Bread with Sugared Crust

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My two banana bread gurus are Miss Martha Stewart and the famed Teri Hatcher.  I have to tell you...there are a lot of "best banana bread evers" out there, but this one is a killer.  Literally, there is a stick of butter in it and a sugar crust - definitely more banana CAKE.  Definitely more Paula Deen than Cooking Light...but once every other month or so, it is an absolute delight.  Just share some with the neighbors if you are eating it too quickly :)

Banana Bread with Sugared Crust by Amy Renea (Martha Stewart and Teri Hatcher inspired)

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!

Here are the bananas straight from the fridge still showing off their frosty gleam.
Banana Bread with Sugared Crust by Amy Renea (Martha Stewart and Teri Hatcher inspired)

I sit them out on the counter for several hours until they are completely squishy...yes, it is gross.  
Banana Bread with Sugared Crust by Amy Renea (Martha Stewart and Teri Hatcher inspired)

Even grosser is the pushing out of the banana...reminds me of....well, let me not tell you what it reminds me of, you can come to your own conclusions.  Anyway, instead of peeling it normally, I pop the top off and squeeze the banana out like a tube of toothpaste.  When you finish with your 10 or 12 or 3 bananas, PLEASE compost them...they are so easy, you have a BUNCH right now and they are great for the soil.  Just toss them under a bush to compost and cover them with leaves if you don't have a pile.

Moving on, I follow Martha's classic recipe with a few little twists.
This is for a double batch.  I always make a double batch because this bread is always gone instantly.

Banana Bread with Sugared Crust by Amy Renea (Martha Stewart and Teri Hatcher inspired)
Notice how well worn the banana bread page is... :)

 2 sticks of butter - room temp

Banana Bread with Sugared Crust by Amy Renea (Martha Stewart and Teri Hatcher inspired)
2 cups of sugar

Banana Bread with Sugared Crust by Amy Renea (Martha Stewart and Teri Hatcher inspired)
Cream the sugar and butter together before adding anything else - ESSENTIAL STEP!
Then comes the icky step, cut the tops off those thawed gooey, wet bananas and squeeze them into the mixer.  I use 6 or 7 for a double batch.  Martha says 1 cup.
Banana Bread with Sugared Crust by Amy Renea (Martha Stewart and Teri Hatcher inspired)
...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 :)

Toss some nutmeg and cinnamon in to taste while you're adding in the flour and then pour the batter into greased loaf pans. 

To make your banana bread (cake!) even better, sprinkle cinnamon on top.

Banana Bread with Sugared Crust by Amy Renea (Martha Stewart and Teri Hatcher inspired)

Then, sprinkle some sugar on top....it makes this awesome slightly crunchy crust that is to die for.
Banana Bread with Sugared Crust by Amy Renea (Martha Stewart and Teri Hatcher inspired)

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. 

Banana Bread with Sugared Crust by Amy Renea (Martha Stewart and Teri Hatcher inspired)
See those little dark spots on the top...sugar crust...YUM

Slice off a piece and enjoy!
Banana Bread with Sugared Crust by Amy Renea (Martha Stewart and Teri Hatcher inspired)

It really is best with a little chilled jug of homemade lemonade....YUM!

For those of you that prefer a simple recipe:

Double Batch:
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
easy as...cake?


Mariah Wednesday, March 16, 2011  

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Romina Garcia Wednesday, March 16, 2011  

Awesome blog! It's beautiful and the pictures are of such a great quality.
I'm your new follower on GFC.
So glad I found you with the hop!
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Nancy StylenDecorDeals.blogspot.com Wednesday, March 16, 2011  

This looks absolutely wonderful! Great photos!
I'm a new follower from Fab Friends Thursday Blog Hop!
Hope you can follow back!

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Angela Wednesday, March 16, 2011  

Yum! I love the smell of freshly baked banana bread.

Debbie Wednesday, March 16, 2011  

I'm guessing this is really good, huh? Tempting? Absolutely! Come join me for What's On the Menu Wednesday whenever you can. I would love for you to join me.

Cyn Wednesday, March 16, 2011  

Your blog is beautiful!

Hiya! Newest follower from the Fab Friends Thursday Blog Hop-- please stop by and say hello! Would love if ya followed back!

Monica Thursday, March 17, 2011  

My stomach is growling...that looks so delicious!! I have the identical mixer...I love it so much!! Happy St. Patrick's Day!! I'm participating in the Fab Friends Thursday Blog hop and I’m now the newest follower of your great site. Hope you have a chance to check out my blog, have a look around and hopefully follow me back!!

TexaGermaNadian Thursday, March 17, 2011  

Oh yum yum yum! I am actually making some of this today, but I try to do the 'healthier' kind...if there is such a thing :) Stopped over from the blog hop, hope you are having a great St. Patty's day!

Miz Helen Thursday, March 17, 2011  

Hi Teri,
Your Banana Bread is just awesome. It looks so moist and delicious. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and please come back! I am your newest follower...

Amelia@SavoryandSweet Thursday, March 17, 2011  

This banana bread looks delicious! And your photos are beautiful!!

Susanmeep Thursday, March 17, 2011  

I am following you (suelee1998) from the blog hop, you have a great site. Would you please follow me back? http://susansdisneyfamily.blogspot.com/
thank you :)

ann@Apples and Twinkies Thursday, March 17, 2011  

This looks like a killer banana bread recipe and I should know I'm somewhat of an expert on banana bread.lol I love your blog.

Kelly H. Thursday, March 17, 2011  

Oh my...that looks so good! New follower here, hope you will follow back!

Lisa Saturday, March 19, 2011  

I love banana bread, I make mine with almond flour, that way I an tolerate it I can't tolerate processed sugar.
I'm following you from Fab Friends thursday blog hop, Please come on over when you get a moment, I would love for you to follow me back
thank you

Brittany @ Real Sustenance Sunday, March 20, 2011  

Oh my goodness your photo's- love love love love your photos!

Wanted to invite you to share this wonderful recipe at a weekly event I host titled Seasonal Sundays! Its quite theme fitting :)

Happy Sunday!


Katie @ This Chick Cooks Thursday, March 24, 2011  

Your cake looks fabulous. I love the great photos.

Katie @ This Chick Cooks Wednesday, March 30, 2011  

I'm back :) I am featuring your bread today. Thanks so much for sharing. I know that all my readers are going to love your yummy recipe!

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