Ok, I might’ve celebrated yesterday’s National Margarita Day a bit too hard last night, because around midnight I apparently made a loaf of banana bread. Not just regular ol banana bread either. Banana bread with Reese’s Pieces Minis and Ghiradelli chocolate chips tossed in.
Oh yes I did.
And guess what? Today is National Banana Bread Day! Perfect!
What’s that you said?? No, I’m not making these National food holidays up. Honest…go look it up! Who would make up national margarita day? Ok, that one I might…but anyway…
Want to give it a try? Here’s my recipe
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/2 cup butter (at room temperature)
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 1 teaspoon vaniila
- 2 1/2 cups mashed overripe bananas (I use 3-4 ripe bananas, whole)
- 1 1/2 cups chips….(this was a free for all….I used 1 cup Ghiradelli chocolate chips, 1/2c Reese’s Pieces mini chips, or whatever was left in the bags. I didn’t measure.)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F Lightly grease a 9x5 inch loaf pan. (or use foil…I’m a big fan of foil. Just pop it out whole at the end, and let it cool in the foil. No dirty pan or baking rack. :)
- In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. In a separate bowl, cream together butter and brown sugar. Stir in eggs, vanilla, and mashed bananas until well blended. (I toss the bananas in whole and beat the heck out of them) Add chips into the wet mixture.
- Stir banana mixture into flour mixture; stir by hand until it is mostly mixed. (This is important. Do not overmix, or it will be dry and rubbery! It’s ok to see flour spots here and there in the batter.)
- Pour batter into loaf pan. Bake in oven for about 60 minutes. Let bread cool for about 10 minutes, then remove from pan and let cool on wire rack.
See? I’ve screwed up a few of my loaves of banana bread. This one? Far from dry or rubbery. Just please don’t over mix, or you’ll be able to bounce it off the ground.
Also, I’m telling you now so that you have plenty of time to prepare for National Caffeine Awareness Month, as well as National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day….March 1st.
Really. I didn’t make those up either. http://www.statesymbolsusa.org/National_Symbols/American_Hollidays.html
Now, who wants some banana bread?