Yes, I've been going bananas over bananas this past week!
A friend of mine brought me 3 lovely (HUGE) bunches of organic slightly browning bananas a week ago. What a gift! I made at least 5 different recipes with the bananas - WOWsers! I thought I'd share with all of you my 3 top favorites. I'll do this in 3 separate posts (part 1, part 2 and part 3).
I discovered three very important factors as I made my different banana treats. The first being that whenever there is sour cream (or even yogurt) involved in a banana recipe you are guaranteed to have a moist result in your treat. Yummy! Secondly, I have mastered the art of "mashing bananas". I do so with a fork in a glass Pyrex 2 cup measuring cup. This allows me to not only have a good tool to measure my "mashed bananas" but it also gives me a hard surface -against the glass with the fork - to successfully perform the mashing. Thirdly, I have found that I enjoy the final result of a banana treat better if I don't mash the bananas to a full puree....in other words leaving some chunks of banana is good - it allows a better consistency in the end result (that's my opinion at least).
The first banana "treaty" (as Jolie would say) I made was a combination of two recipes - a simple banana bread and a cinnamon swirl banana bread made into a "Banana Coffee Cake".
Banana Coffee Cake
1 stick of butter, at room temp
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
3 large very ripe bananas
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 cup sour cream (yogurt can be substituted if need be)
1 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup chopped pecans - optional
Cinnamon/Sugar Mixture Ingredients:
1/3 cup sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9x9 baking dish if you'd like to make a coffee cake or if a bread is more your thing use a loaf pan.
2. In a large bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, powder and salt.
3. In a small bowl or glass Pyrex measuring cup mash the bananas with a wooden spoon or fork, leaving a bit of texture.
4. Beat together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, 1 at a time. Stir in mashed banana, sour cream and vanilla - beat just until combined. Add the dry ingredients and gently stir in nuts if you wish.
5. Mix together your 1/3 cup sugar and 2 tsp cinnamon for your Sugar-Cinnamon mixture.
6. Pour 1/2 of your banana batter into prepared pan than sprinkle with 1/2 of Sugar-Cinnamon mixture.....and again the banana mixture.....
.....ending with the sugar-cinnamon mixture.
7. Pop into oven and bake for about 45-50 minutes.
Cool and enjoy!
Happy Banana Coffee Cake Baking!
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