Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Kate's Banana Bread

Bakes evenly...
.....ohhhh...it makes the house smell soooooo good!

My sweet Australian friend, Kate, shared this recipe on her blog last week. I had a few very, very ripe bananas to use and gave it a try. Let me tell you friends, it is wonderful and my family gobbled it up in no time at all! (note to self: make two loaves next time!). Thank you, Kate, for sharing this awesome goodness with us girlies!
Add dry ingredients together...First smash up two very ripe bananas in a bowl...
Add the bananas to the wet ingredients....Mix wet and dry together and bake...
...and Voila! You have the most tender banana bread!!!

Banana Bread

1/3 cup shortening (I used butter instead)
3/4 C light brown sugar
1 cup mashed bananas (2-3 bananas)
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups flour (I used Self Rising Flour and omitted the salt and baking soda)
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup milk ( I used buttermilk)
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Cream the shortening (or butter) with the sugar. Add the mashed bananas and eggs. Sift the flour with the salt and baking soda and add to the creamed mixture, alternating with the milk. Stir in the nuts. Bake in a greased loaf pan, 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches, in a moderate oven, 350 degrees, for an hour. Turn out and cool on rack; wrap in aluminium foil. this bread slices better the second day. Yield: 1 loaf

These are Kate's Tips that I used, however I used buttermilk instead of milk.

"This recipe is much better if the bananas are very over-ripe
I usually omit the salt
I use butter instead of shortening.
I usually substitute self raising flour for the flour and soda
(Kate doesn't use the nuts, however I used the walnuts).
Cooking time will be about 10 minutes less if you are using a modern fan-forced oven."

My next banana bread recipe to try will be Tina's banana chocolate chip one!

On another note.......
.....I had to share this with you. See what my "lovely" doggies do when I am busy in the kitchen? Fiona is a sock thief and this one is her favorite! She and Doogie were playing tug-of-war with it while I was attempting to bake. Never a dull moment.... But that is ok....I don't like dull!

Praise be to God and have a sweet week!

You all are special to me!!!


Faye said...

Becky,This looks so good.Hope you are having a good day.Please keep me in your prayers.I have some health problems right now.You are so special to me.I feel so blessed to have you as a friend.Love in Christ, Faye

amy said...

Looks yummy! I'll give the banana bread recipe to my husband. He is the baker of banana bread but honestly...his recipe is a little to dry. I think I'll have to secretly swap recipes. Very cute doggy pictures! They do keep things from getting dull!! Have a very good day and thanks to your friend for her recipe.

the wild raspberry said...

just like kids...they never want the toys you buy...have to find something on their own!
how fun are they!? loved to see them playing together. miss that now that we only have one doggie.
have a lovely day.

Denise said...

Yum! Banana bread has always been one of my faves. I started making it in 4-H many, many.....many years ago!! LOL

I am going to try this recipe next time!


Rocky Creek Scotties and Java said...

Gotta love those Scottie "tug of war" games. I'll have to post a picture sometime of how I keep Piper from stealing the insoles out of my shoes - he loves the right foot insole out of my Merrill fuzzy clogs for some reason - it's now about 2 inches longer than the left one!!LOL I've ordered a new pair and I'm going to hide them from his little thieving self.

The dog sitting pretty in today's post is Piper - he's the son of Copper Top so that gives you an idea as to his coloring. If I had of realized how red he would be, I would have named him Roarie (red king). Carrleigh is more of a platinum blonde - OH LA LA!!

Have a great day - the banana bread looks yummy. Also thanks for the posting help - one day I'll get it all figured out (and then they will change it)


Allidink said...

Haha Fiona and Doogie are so cute. What yummyness! I love banana bread, I was actually thinking about making some last night LOL.

All the best,

Kathleen Grace said...

Yum-O! I just made banana bread this last weekend. This recipe looks great, I have never used buttermilk or tried butter instead of shortening, how could it NOT be better with butter:>)?
My daughters cat is a sock theif too. She doesn't play tug-of-war, she steals Vickys socks, hides them all over the house and meows in the most pitiful manner as she hides it. Victoria is gone to college and I think she is missed!

sparkled*life said...

I have never been on your blog before, but I must say I love it! This bread sounds so wonderful! I must try it soon as bread is my favorite part of any meal!

Vee said...

Now don't take this the wrong way, but am I ever glad that I don't have any bananas overripe or otherwise in the house right now. That looks wonderful! I've already snagged Tina's recipe and had nicely forgotten about it until you reminded me. Your furbabies are too cute!

Michele said...

That breads sounds heavenly and I might have to get some bananas and let them get real ripe so I can try it!

Those little doggies are so adorable...just like kids!


BittersweetPunkin said...

I can smell that banana bread from here!

Cute tug of war game...I like how they can play together and get along so well.


Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

Oh that sounds and looks good! I have a couple of overripe bananas that I threw into the freezer. I am going to thaw them and try that out!

Chrissy said...

Wow, your photos are so lovely, it makes me hungry just looking at them!!!

Mommyto3andahusky said...

The banana recipe looks fabulous! :) Thanks for sharing!

Leigh of Bloggeritaville said...

That sounds wonderful! I am going to give this a try

Mary said...

Well heck, I just sliced and froze two very ripe bananas for snacks... now I'll have to wait for some more to ripen! :)

skoots1mom said...

what fun they are having together...and they have to stay close in case any of that wonderful smellling banana bread falls to the floor!
so beautiful--i can smell it thru the screen, yummo!

Anonymous said...

I am so happy that you like the recipe!


fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

Becky.. I love banana bread.. yumm! I would give this recipe a try.. yours look so moist.. must be delicious to eat with a slop of butter toasted on it.. or a dollop of ice cream.. and a good cup of tea.. YUMMMM.. hehehehehe

have a good day!

Tammy said...

How adorable are the pups! The banana bread looks delicious!

Liz said...

YUMM!! I am in the mood for quick bread! This looks yummy! I saw Tina's cc banana bread recipe too... I think I need to try one of these. :) I can almost taste it!

Silly puppies! Just love um to pieces!

Have a great week!

Lea said...

I am going to try this!

Can't wait for the chocolate chip one!


~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What a yummy recipe! Thanks and have a good week, sweet friend!

Karen said...

Yummy, I need to make that recipe SOON!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

I love banana bread, and this looks so good. Your dogs are so cute playing with the sock. laurie

Esther Sunday said...

Just poppin in to give you some bloggy lovin... thinkin of you! Love Fiona - what a doll! So glad she is bringing sunshine to your days! Love! Esther

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Isn't it wonderful how our pets bring us so much joy and brighten our days? I am seldom without Mel..only when I leave the house for something. I won't leave her in the car so she has to stay home. I wish I had two dogs so she would have some company. I play with her but not often enough.

I think of you so much. We are both busy with our lives..but I just wanted you to know. Thanks so much for stopping by the other day. :) I always love seeing you.

Carrie @ Cottage Cozy said...

Those two are so cute! Yum yum...Can you send me a slice?

Stay Cozy, Carrie

Judi said...

Good Morning!
Oh your banana bread looks so yummy. I love banana bread. Its always nice to share a new recipe. I have a banana bread I like to bake also...maybe I'll post it and we can try all the different varieties. Chocolate chips are yum in them too.

Silly doggies...*lol*..
have a lovely day

Shelley said...

Hi Becky,the Banana bread looks so yummy...I always love seeing your sweet doggies,they look like great Pals....
Wanted to say thanks for the kind comment you left on the passing of my nephew...please remember my Mother in prayer...she is having a very hard time coping....


Jean said...

Becky, a cup of coffee and a piece please. It surely looks wonderful. My Maggie is a sock theif too. She will carry it around and cry because she wants to bury it somewhere.
Have a great day.
Jean in Virginia

Linda said...

Hi Becky, Mmmm, this looks so yummy...I'd add walnuts too. Thank you for the recipe...I have a couple of bananas in the freezer that would be perfect for this. Pretty day have a nice one...hugs, Linda

It' an Evolution said...

Now you made me hungry...I am going to give it a try this weekend when my bananas ripen...
Your doggies crack me up!!

Daisy Cottage said...

Oh if only you could hand me a slice through the computer - looks soooo perfectly delicious to go with my coffee!
And look at your little furbabies! Love it! hehehee


Sue said...

I just loved these dogs...they always put a smile on my face....and the banana bread looks very good...you can see in the picture how moist it is....

Moonspinner said...

Hi there, just happened onto your site .... how yummy does that Banana bread look and your furry family has won my heart!