People are picky about their bananas.  Firm, slightly green, just ripe, slightly over-ripe, I know all kinds of banana eaters.  Including my daughter Eloise.  She LOVES bananas, for one day only, and then they sit on the counter and morph into ick.  Enter banana bread.  I usually use an old Joy of Cooking recipe, but I've been into the website food gawker and tried out a recipe from there, with a few little tweaks.  The end result was moist, not too dense and with good height.  Exactly like a first date should be.  Ahem.

Banana Bread
Adapted from Good Housekeeping circa 1962

1 3/4 cups flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/3 and 1 tbsp. butter
2/3 cup sugar
2 eggs
3 mashed bananas
1/2 cup yogurt, optional
1. Heat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9″x5″3″ loaf pan.
2. Mix together flour, baking powder, soda, and salt.
3. With electric mixer cream butter and sugar, then add eggs until mixture is fluffy and light. (I added 1/2 cup of greek yogurt at this point)
4a. Add flour mixture alternatively with bananas until just mixed.
4b. Don't do 4a, life is too short.  Just mix it all together with a gentle hand.
5. Turn into pan.
6. Bake for 1 hour.
The kids loved it for breakfast.
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Tasha
22/1/2012 09:04:13 pm

Oh you are such a good Mom. Making such a wounderful yummy looking batch of Banana Bread. What a breakfast. Good Morning to the 3 of yous wishing you a Good morning and a wounderful day. It is pooring here right now as I type to you. I have a Cranky tween that is not liking the idea of school this morning. Oh Mondays. William had cream cheese and toast his newest favorite with a giant bowl of mixed fruits, Hailie had the mixed fruit,bacon and eggs order made right. Lots of love xo. Off to the library today for play group with William.

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Laura Cloet
23/1/2012 02:16:45 am

I don't bake, so I stick the icky bananas into the freezer and use them for smoothies or banana "ice cream". I put the frozen banana in the blender until it becomes ice creamish, then I add a teasppon of peanut butter and a drizzle of chocolate sauce. YUM.

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Tara
23/1/2012 02:25:18 am

That sounds so GOOD!

bruce
23/1/2012 01:20:28 pm

and then there is the "old standby", your dear ol'dads world famous peanutbutter and banana bread. did you forget about that?

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Tara
23/1/2012 03:31:18 pm

Where's the recipe? I'll let the girls experience it too!

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Tasha
24/1/2012 02:24:24 am

I agree Bruce the peanutbutter and banana bread is amazing ! I'm not one for Banana bread but it is very tasty. It's really super good warm with real butter.... yum now I'm hungry :o)

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bruce
18/2/2012 02:27:25 am

its easy, use your recipe, and add 2 big scoops of peanut butter. if you are really adventureous, add some chocolate chips! warning though, it will NEVER cook through, but who the hell doesn't want gooey banana bread!

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