4.10.2011

Grandma Bradley's Banana Bread

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If I'm ever feeling down, there are three things that can without-a-doubt lift my mood:

1. A sweet treat
2. Nice weather
3. Retail therapy

(Oh, and Husband. He's number 4.)

Luckily, I got all three of these things this weekend! Husband and I had a lovely Saturday shopping with our siblings and niece, which of course ended in some great new spring purchases (just bought this with a gift card and I am just over the moon). It was so nice to be outside without a coat; I feel so recharged! I hope these warm days decide to stick around for awhile.

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My sweet treat is actually in the process of baking right now, and it's smelling quite tasty. Whenever I have overripe bananas lying around, I always make my Grandma Bradley's classic banana bread recipe. It really is the best banana bread, no lie. I'm also thinking I might make a special batch of banana chocolate chip muffins this afternoon too; I'll let you know how they turn out (my sweet tooth was craving some chocolate, sorry Grandma)!


Grandma's Banana Bread
By Grandma Bradley

1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
2 eggs
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
3 large ripe bananas
1 tablespoon lemon juice

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a large loaf pan.

Cream together the sugar and butter in a stand mixer. Add eggs and beat until combined. Mix bananas and lemon juice in a separate small bowl until only small chunks remain. Whisk flour, baking soda, and salt together in a third bowl.

Add banana mixture to creamed mixture and stir together. Add flour mixture next and blend until all is moistened. Do not over-mix.

Bake for 45-60 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

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6 comments:

BoersMama said...

Do you ever have trouble getting the middle of the bread to cook all the way through, yet the edges are crisp? The last couple times we made 'nana bread, the middle sunk...still tasted good, but not something I would want to bring out at a party. :) Any suggestions?? Thanks!

t said...

loooove the skirt! it will be cute with that striped shirt.

i'm sure i would also love the banana bread, of course. :)

Anonymous said...

YUM. I love this post. I love this banana bread. I love you!

-La Belle Sœur :)

Cassandra Plummer Cleveland Children's Photographer said...

Love the Skirt. @boersmama I have this problem too. I think I fill my pan to full, but I put foil over the top once the edges are golden and continue to cook till done. Usually works:)

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BoersMama said...

Good suggestion! I will have to remember the foil. We actually have a couple bananas about to go bad...so banana bread may be in the making for this weekend! Thanks for the tip!

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