Because of the winter storm Nemo, we’ve been snowed in for two days now. I’m actually really enjoying this quiet and lazy time at home! Finally, I have a perfect excuse to be a couch potato all day and catch up on the latest episodes of Downton Abbey, Portlandia and Girls. I know that these shows couldn’t be more different, but I love them all! Ok, I did get a bit of air today too, having to dig the cars out of the piles of snow. So, I thought we needed a sweet reward after all that hard work. Who cares if I barely did some of the shoveling? Even walking through the snow surely burnt a ton of calories!
I’ve never made a banana bread before, but we had a lot of bananas and the recipe seemed easy enough, so I gave it a try. I actually found a few recipes online and combined a few of them. I don’t like plain cakes and breads, so I added raisins, dried cranberries and walnuts to this bread. It turned out so tasty! I could barely wait for it to be done, it smelled so good in the oven. This recipe is definitely a keeper, I hope you’ll enjoy it too!
What do you like to make when you have a lot of spare time on your hands?
Ingredients (for a 9×5 loaf pan)
3 large ripe bananas
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 stick butter, melted
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup walnut pieces
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1 1/2 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1. Preheat the oven to 350F. In a large bowl, mash bananas with a fork. In a separate bowl, gently whisk eggs and sugar; add melted butter, vanilla extract and cinnamon, and whisk for a few more seconds until smooth. Add the egg mixture to the bowl with bananas, add raisins, walnuts and cranberries and mix with a fork.
2. In another bowl, mix together flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda. Add the powder mixture to the bowl with banana mixture and mix everything together with the fork until smooth. Transfer to a buttered loaf pan and bake for about 1 hour and 10 minutes until the bread is nicely browned and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let it cool for half an hour, transfer to a cutting board or a plate, slice and serve warm.