Banana Bread

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Last Friday Gaea Wimmer defended her dissertation and passed so now she’s Gaea Wimmer, Ph.D.!! Here at Tech when someone’s defending all the grad students pitch in and bring snacks. Well, since hers was in the morning, I volunteered to bring banana bread. I love banana bread! It’s a yummy way to use the bananas that are going bad without having to make a trip to the grocery store because you probably have all the ingredients sitting right in your kitchen. Alrighty, here is goes:

First, pre-heat the oven to 325 and butter a 9x5x3 loaf pan.

Cream together the sugar and butter in a large mixing bowl until light and fluffy. Here’s what mine looked like:

Creamed Butter and Sugar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next, add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each. It should look something like this:

Creamed butter and sugar with eggs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In a small bowl mash the bananas with a fork and mix in the milk and cinnamon.

Mashed bananas with milk and cinnamon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In another bowl, mix flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.

Flour, Baking Soda, Baking Powder and Salt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Add the banana mixture to the cream mixture until combined. The batter will turn colors at this point.

Batter with banana mixture

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Add the dry ingredients a little at a time and mix until the flour disappears. This is what the end batter should look like.

Batter with all ingredients

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 1 hour and 10 minutes. While you’re waiting, your house will smell fabulous and then you’ll have a beautiful loaf of banana bread!

Banana Bread

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The great thing about this recipe is you can tweak it as needed. If you have more bananas you need to use, then throw a few more in, or just make another loaf! If you do add one or two more, be sure to add more milk and cinnamon.

Banana Bread Recipe

Ingredients:

1 c. Sugar
1 stick Butter
2 lg. Eggs
3 ripe Bananas
1 tbls. Milk
1 tsp. Ground Cinnamon
2 c. All Purpose Flour
1 tsp. Baking Soda
1 tsp Baking Powder
1 tsp. Salt

Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 325 and butter a 9x5x3 loaf pan.

Cream sugar and butter in a large mixing bowl until light and fluffy.

Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each.

In a small bowl, mash bananas with a fork. Mix in milk and cinnamon.

In another bowl, mix flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.

Add the banana mixture to the creamed mixture and mix until combined. Add the dry ingredients a little at a time mixing until the flour disappears.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake 1 hour and 10 minutes.

Set aside to cool on rack for 15 minutes then remove the bread from the pan and cool completely.

Ya’ll Enjoy!

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About Chelsey Ahrens

I currently work for the Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service in the Animal Science Department. I'm the Specialty Livestock/Youth Education Specialist. I have a Ph.D. in agricultural communications from Texas Tech, a master's in agricultural leadership from the University of Georgia, and a bachelor's in animals science from the University of Arkansas. I love all things agriculture, particularly livestock. I also like to bake, cook, can, sew, and play with my dog child, Shooter.

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