Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Weekend baking #4 Banana bread..

Finally something i am proud of in baking..As mentioned earlier,started baking regularly in the weekends.But this weekend 'boz of saraswati pooja, couldn't baked this delicious Banana Bread yesterday.The recipe was from my new cook book called "America's Test Kithen".Lotz of wonderful and easy recipes in that book.This quick bread is simple to bake with less effort( that's why i chose it :))).


All purpose flour- 2 cups
Sugar- 3/4 cup
Baking soda - 3/4 tsp
salt - 1/2tsp
Very ripe bananas - 3(mashed well =1and1/2 cup)
butter - 6 tbsp (3/4 stick) melted and cooled
Eggs - 2 (lightly beaten)
Plain yogurt - 1/4 cup
Vanilla extract - 1tsp
Walnuts - 1 and 1/4 cups (toasted and chopped coarse) (Optional)


Adjust an oven rack to the lower middle position and heat oven to 350 degrees.Generously coat a 9 by 5 inch loaf pan woth vegetable oil spray.

Whisk the flour,sugar,baking soda and salt together in a large bowl.Whick the mashed bananas,melted butter,eggs,yogurt and vanilla together ina separate bowl.Gently fold the banana mixture into the flour mixture with a rubber spatula until just combined.fold in the nuts(if using).Do not overmix; the batter will look thick and chunky.

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,about 55 minutes.

Let the loaf cool in the pan for 10 min.s before unmolding onto a wire rack to cool for 1 hour.

p.s: I had melted butter in the microwave for abt 2 mins.Mashed bananas with good old tool , "clean hands".You can mash it by using a blender also.You can use frozen bananas for this recipe.

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