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Friday, March 12, 2010

Friday Baking

Having  bought bananas that are threatening to go bad, I mashed them up to bake a banana bread. Joy the Baker had a really simple and delicious looking recipe, the banana cranberry bread which I tried.

Mine turned out a bit burnt but it was very moist on the inside. The sharp sour taste of the cranberries clashed magnificently with the sweetness of bananas.

For those interested, her's her recipe. No need for any kitchen appliance, just stir to mix gently and pour into tin. Fuss free !

3 to 4 ripe bananas, smashed
1/3 cup melted salted butter
3/4-1 cup light brown sugar, depending on the level of sweetness you prefer
1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon bourbon
1 teaspoon baking soda
Pinch of salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
Pinch of ground cloves
1 1/2 cup of flour
1 cup fresh cranberries

No need for a mixer for this recipe. Preheat the oven to 350°F. With a wooden spoon, mix butter into the mashed bananas in a large mixing bowl. Mix in the sugar, egg, vanilla and bourbon, then the spices. Sprinkle the baking soda and salt over the mixture and mix in. Add the flour, mix. Add the cranberries, and stir until just incorporated. Pour mixture into a buttered 4×8 inch loaf pan. Bake for 1 hour. Cool on a rack. Remove from pan and slice to serve.

 The smell from the oven was divine, I ate half the loaf already. Have to make another soon. 
Can't wait to have it with breakfast tomorrow......Happy weekend people !

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