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Banana Bread

Had a request recently for our banana bread recipe.  Here goes:

Pre-heat oven to 350F.1375687_10101594666881608_2118844223_n
In a large bowl, mix:
3-4 ripe smashed bananas (we sometimes use frozen ones too)
1/3 cup canola or coconut oil
1/2 cup sugar (we’ve cut this down from other recipes already)
1 egg (pre-beaten)
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking soda
Pinch of salt
1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
Typically I mix each item before I add the next item.  We usually sift the flour into the bowl and mix it in every 1/2 cup.  A tip: we typically use a wooden spoon to mix this recipe.

Pour the batter into a prepared baking device.  We typically use one large loaf pan or we have a set of 4 smaller loaf pans that we really like too.  You could use almost any baking device for your banana bread.

For the bigger loaf pan, it takes about an hour at 350.  For the 4 smaller pans, we test the bread after more like 20-25 min.  You are looking for a toothpick to come out dry.

Some folks like to add things to their banana bread.  We often like to add raisins.  Sometimes we’ve added nuts too.  Really just add whatever you want – banana bread is pretty easy & a great snack.

Just one tip for banana bread.  It travels really really well.  I’ve baked a loaf and taken it to a conference to be eaten in the hotel instead of the hotel breakfast.  We’ve baked the little loafs and taken 1-2 of them on a plane ride with us.  Banana bread also does really well on road trips.  Often we will spread peanut butter or honey all over a slice and call that a nice snack. You can also freeze banana bread.  I don’t personally like doing that (just something about the texture) – but, I know plenty of folks who do.

I think the best part of banana bread for me, aside from the smell when it is baking, is that it is good at any time of year.  We don’t make this in any particular season more than any others.

Here are the original recipe cards we had sent to us – you’ll notice some extra notes/comments & other differences:
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What sorts of things do you do with banana bread? How is your recipe different?

Bread!

If you’ve been reading for a while, you’ve seen the post on the “No Knead Bread” before. 

Today, I found myself reading the blog for a band I really enjoy.  I found another version of the No Knead Bread!

So, I experimented a bit… Today’s recipe included dried cranberries, raisins, flax seed, chia seed, whole wheat bread flour, King Arthur all purpose flour, 1.75 tablespoons of yeast, and sesame seeds.  

Then, for you #togchat / Photographers…. I shot the bread using an off camera strobe using my Canon t1i, the 50mm f1.4 lens shot at 400 ISO, f5.6, 50mm at 1/60th of a second.

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Freshly Baked Bread!

We made bread tonight.  A simple recipe from Tassajara Bread Book. House smells fantastic! Had to grab the camera & flash to see what types of photos I could take! (nothing spectacular…)

All shot with a Canon T1i, 50mm 1.4 lens, tripod, & flash in a Lastolite softbox.
Shots varied from f2.5-f4.5.

 

Overall, I’m not thrilled with the outcome of the photos.  The bread, however, is fantastic!