Tuesday, October 18, 2011

My award-winning (well, almost award-winning) BANANA BREAD!

Recently, it seems that my office has also caught the "fall foods" bug. A few overripe bananas were hanging out in our communal kitchen, and someone had the bright idea to host a Banana Bread Bake Off. With an office of about 200 people (and amongst them, a few intense bakers, even a graduate of the Culinary Institute!), I was sure to have some serious competition. There were over 10 variations of banana bread at the end of the day- but mine was the ONLY one that contained one magical ingredient: PEANUT BUTTER!

Ok, so I didn't win, but not everyone likes peanut butter (they're just crazy in my opinion), and there was not one "bad" loaf of bread on that table. I was "banana-breaded" out by midday, but I stick by my recipe and got plenty of compliments on it, as it was still a huge hit!
I call this Monkey Bread---- and I am sure you all know why. So the next time you find yourself with a few of over-ripe bananas, try this out. Amazeballs!


3 overripe bananas, mashed
1 stick unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup full fat sour cream
1/3 cup natural creamy peanut butter
1/2 tsp cinnamon
non stick cooking spray

Start by preheating your oven to 350F, and spraying your loaf tin with some nonstick spray (I also line mine with parchment paper, as it helps to remove the bread for easy removal and packaging later on!).

Next, take out your stand mixer, and whip the butter (make sure it is room temp). Then, add the sugar and blend until well combined. Add the eggs one at a time just until incorporated (do NOT over-mix any banana bread or bread recipe, it won't come out as moist or fluffy). Then, add the vanilla extract, mashed bananas, peanut butter, and sour cream. Mix again until combined. In a separate bowl whisk the flour, baking soda, and salt. Then, slowly add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients. Beat for 1-2 mins until well combined and your dough is ready to g-o, go. Pour into your pan and bake for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean and it is brown all around! Let cool, and enjoy!!

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