Sunday, October 29, 2006
Peeling it apart
Well, when I got home Friday I knew that I was going to be making chili, gumbo, and cookies (for Daddy!) but I discovered frozen bananas awaiting my use! I also got to make sandwich bread!!! We are making the gumbo and freezing it for the Friday aften Thanksgiving when we have lots of family around. it's a low-fat version that is delicious. I'll post it later.
I decided that I wanted to try a new recipe as I've had trouble with my usual recipe not cooking in the middle (unless I use wheat germ and Mama doesn't keep that on hand!). So, I went through all our recipe books trying to find one that wasn't too sugary or buttery! The one I ended up using is from Tea Time at the Masters. It's made by the Junior Civic League of Augusta. It uses brown sugar, which I'm sure adds to the moisture. It also adds the banana and flour in alternate additions. I was trying to figure out why this makes a difference and my dad decided that it provides a better distribution of ingredients without over-mixing. Who knows!
Daddy said that he likes this recipe better than the usual one. I think it's because of the brown sugar (and probably a bit because of the tad bit more fat!). I also put a good bit of nuts in it, which he likes. Overall, this is a great recipe but I did make one slight modification.
Whole wheat banana bread
1/2 cup butter I used probably 1/3 cup margarine
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup white flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 1/4 mashed ripe bananas (I used 3)
1/4 cup buttermilk or plain yogurt
1 cup pecans, chopped
Cream butter and sugar. Add egg. Sift dry ingredients together. Combine bananas and buttermilk/yogurt, stirring just enough to mix. Add dry ingredients alternately with banana mixture. I did it in thirds starting with banana and ending with flour. Stir in nuts. Pour into greased 9X5 loaf pan. Bake at 350 for 50-60 minutes or until toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes. Remove from pan to cooling rack. This works well toasted!