Friday, June 19, 2009

Yes! We Have No Bananas!

Join me!

Look at those nasty bananas! They really look much worse than they were. My hubs likes green bananas. I personally think that is a little odd but, hey! If it makes him happy, what the heck! So I buy them green and then in a couple of days they are perfect for me and in a couple more days we have perfect bananas for bread!

This is the recipe that I just tried from my Jan Karon Mitford Cookbook. It calls for lemon juice and yogurt. I thought that sounded very interesting. By the way....This is a great cookbook! It has all the recipes from her books. Plus the pictures are beautiful. I got mine from Amazon for about $4! SWEET!

Any Hoo! On to the recipe!

Cynthia's Banana Bread pg 274

Nonstick cooking spray for the pan
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1/4 cup plain yogurt
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
3 large very ripe bananas, mashed with a fork
2 tablespoons grated lemon zest
2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped walnuts
(I don't care for nuts and thought the bread was wonderful without)

Preheat the oven to 350*F. Coat a 9x13 loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray and set aside. Place the sugar and butter in the bowl of an electric mixer and cream until light and fluffy, about 8 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the yogurt, lemon juice, bananas, and lemon zest and beat well. Sift the flour, baking soda, and salt into a large bowl. Add the dry ingredients to the banana mixture and stir until just blended. Add the walnuts and mix again until just incorporated.

Pour the batter into the pan, smooth the top, and bake for 55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the bread comes out fairly clean. Do not overcook. Cool in the pan on a rack for 5 minutes, then invert onto the rack to cool completely.

This is a very heavy, moist, banana bread!
AND it was delish!


Lisa said...

I loved the Mitford series.Didn't know about the cookbook. What a steal! And the banana bread looks de-lish.Have a great weekend friend.

Eclectic Pink Rose said...

Oh yum, that looks delicious! I've never seen a banana bread recipe that called for lemon zest, lemon juice and yogurt. Wow, I'm going to have try this one!!
♥ Teresa

Glenda/MidSouth said...

I would love a slice! :-)

Sandra said...

It looks delish! I'll have to copy the recipe and make it too!

Anonymous said...

Yummo!! that banana bread looks delicious... I wish we had taste-a vision with these computers...LOL! have a beautiful weekend!!

Nikki via The Scarlett Rose Garden said...

Cute title, beautiful bread and setting, and YES~ score one more for the green banana lovers, hehe!!

~Becca~Bluebird Rose said...

Mmmmm, I'll bet the yogurt makes it really moist!!
I am sooooo hungry for banana bread now!

Lisa said...

Ok first your pics are amazing!! The bread is Yummy!! AND thanks for letting me know the cookbook sitting on my shelf has this great recipe! hehehe!!
I just got Return to Holly Springs today and I'm trying to get my blogging done so I can go visit with Father Tim! I've missed him so!
Hugs, Lisa

Walking on Sunshine... said...

Oh my word, could you please send me just a piece? That looks so yummy and I love banana bread!! Hope you enjoyed every piece!! Enjoy the weekend!

Blondie's Journal said...

This looks exactly as you describe it. I wonder if the yogurt helps cut calories!

Do you know you can freeze those black (ripe) bananas until you need them? They have been known to scare my kids when they are rummaging around for ice cream, but it is great if you feel like making it and there you have them!!


Janna said...

I'm bummed I didn't get to have any before it was GONE! :)

Anonymous said...

Oh I like I like. I'm saving this recipe and thankful that you shared this :-)

I love eating banana cake. Mmmmmm i can smell it and taste it - almost! LoL


Bo said...

Hi Liz...I've missed coming by your blog since I've been MIA for a, I love your new blog dress! Thanks so much for sharing this new twist on an old favorite
...Banana Bread...Yours looks mighty good...but I'd throw some nuts in mine (I want all the calories I can get...LOL)
Wishing you & your family a Happy Father's Day with your beloved...
;-) Bo

Melissa Miller said...

Liz this one sounds amazing!
I do love bananas and will try this very soon. Thanks for sharing it.

~Happy Father's Day to your hubby!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

I use the exact same recipe. I prefer it over Puny's. :)

Valerie@travelingthrough2 said...

That looks soooo good! I don't like nuts in my banana bread either.

Tomarie said...

Thank you for stopping by Liz! You've now made me very hungry! lol :-) L~