Banana Bread: An Ode

Oh Banana Bread, humblest of quick breads

Made from the lowliest of fruits

Freezed, macerated

Browned

With careless abandon

Forgotten by your keepers.

You are neither significant nor original,

But you may lay your weary cream cheese burden down

At the gateway to my gullet

Any day.

L

P.S. This is the first banana bread that I have ever had work out for me. It’s like the easiest thing to make in the world, but I couldn’t make it work before! Classic Midwest woman points coming my way on this post…

Best Banana Bread with Chocolate Chips and Cream Cheese Frosting

Adapted from allrecipes

2 eggs, beaten

1/3 cup buttermilk

1/2 cup canola oil (or vegetable oil works)

1 cup well-mashed bananas

1 1/2 cups white sugar

1 3/4 cups all purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup chocolate chips

cream cheese frosting

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Spray one 9×5 inch loaf pan with nonstick spray, or line with parchment for easy removal of the bread.
Blend together the eggs, buttermilk, oil and bananas. Sift together the sugar, flour, baking soda and salt. Add to banana mixture and stir in chocolate chips. Mix well, and pour into the prepared loaf pan.

Bake 1 hour, then check the bread for with a cake tester. If the tester comes out with batter on, bake for another  20 minutes. The top should be a deep golden brown. Let cool, then frost with the cream cheese frosting.

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1 Response to “Banana Bread: An Ode”


  1. 1 Cindy and Tom Behling December 11, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    We bake a banana bread base about every two weeks, them switch up the mix ins: replace part of the liquid with fruit juice (such as orange or apple) use fruit zest to pop the orange up, add the perverbial spice drawer (cardamom is great with citrus) of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, allspice, anise, etc. If you wish, we add craisins or other dried fruits like apricots and dates or figs. And Tom likes a bit of chocolate sometimes and/or nuts. Every batch is different, so you never know whatcha gonna get!


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