Monday, July 4, 2011
Blueberry and Banana Bread
Happy Fourth of July! My father came into town this weekend, along with one of my brothers who is in town for work. So, I got to spend the weekend with almost all the men in my family (miss you Uncle Louie!). With my father being retired and being the little charmer that he is, he has made friends with all of his neighborhood ladies. He mentioned to one of them that I love to make bread. She in turn gave him a recipe to give to me to try out. It is amazing! I made it this morning and then brought it over to my (other) brother's house. It didn't last long. True, I was eating quite a bit myself, but it was yummy! The original recipe called for double, which makes to bread loaves. Here is the reduced version.
1 stick butter
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 small bananas, mashed
2 cups of flour + a tablespoons of flour)
1 1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/2 teaspoon baking power
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries (I used fresh from the farmer's market)
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees and grease and flour a loaf pan.
Cream together the butter and sugar. Beat in the eggs and vanilla.
Fold in the flour. Add the allspice, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
In a separate small bowl, sprinkle the tablespoon flour onto the blueberries and toss to coat. Fold into the batter.
Pour into the prepared loaf pan and bake for about 50 minuets until a toothpick comes out clean.*
*Check in a couple of places. I made the mistake of only checking in one place and thinking it was done, flipped it over out of the pan...got the impression it wasn't quite done yet when some of the batter came out. Had to (very) quickly replace the loaf in the pan and back in the oven. Oops.