Friday, September 21, 2012

Not Your Mama's - "Jacked-Up" Banana Bread

I eat bananas at the peak of yellow...Not a shade before, not a shade after.  The problem is I buy more than one banana at a time. Which equates to having a half-dozen bananas that have passed their shade of yellow.  Now at shades of black, I toss them into a ziplock freezer bag, and into my freezer.  Fast forward a few months, and I suddenly get a hunkering to do something with my stash of frozen black bananas.

Like everyone else with a stash of overripe bananas, I make banana bread.

Smitten Kitchen www.smittenkitchen.com  has an over the top banana bread recipe.  This is a NO MIXER needed, slightly boozed-up version. This is one good banana bread recipe! You will be hard pressed to top with any banana bread recipe that you may have lying around.  I will even go out on a limb and say if you have a family favorite, toss it, this one is better.


"Jacked-Up" Banana Bread
Makes 1 loaf
Recipe from Smitten Kitchen


Ingredients:
3 to 4 ripe bananas, smashed
1/3 cup melted salted butter
3/4 to 1 cup light brown sugar (depending on your level of sweetness, that your prefer)
1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon bourbon (optional)
1 teaspoon baking soda
Pinch of salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
Pinch of ground cloves
1-1/2 cups of flour

Directions:
 Preheat the oven to 350 degree F.  With a wooden spoon, mix butter into the mashed bananas in a large mixing bowl.  Mix in the sugar, egg vanilla and bourbon, then the spices.  Sprinkle the baking soda and salt over the mixture and mix in.  add the flour last, mix.  pour mixture into a buttered 4x8-inch loaf pan.  Bake for 50 minutes to one hour, or until a tester comes out clean.  Cool on rack.  Remove from pan and slice to serve.

Enjoy!

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32 comments:

Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen said...

Boozy Bourbon banana bread - now you're talking.
Sam

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Quite a fulfilling and tasty banana bread. Excellent preparation.
Deepa

yummychunklet said...

This recipe sounds great!

rosaria williams said...

Ah, the secret ingredient revealed! I shall keep the recipe and indulge. Thanks for sharing it.

Tuula said...

Yum, sound delicious Velva... and I do love me some banana bread :) Will see if I can make this in France!

Anne said...

Just happen to have 3 bananas close to very ripeyness. Will try in a day or so...........

That Girl said...

I like my bananas a little on the green side, unless I'm baking with them.

Roz said...

I'm like you . . . I buy way too many bananas at a time! But we always make banana bread and muffins and put them in the freezer to grab! The best banana bread that I've ever had is a secret recipe sold by some lady on the island of Maui, Hawaii. The breads are sold on the back of her truck on the road to Hana, and she hasn't shared the recipe with anyone. I've been on a quest to find a similar recipe every since! It just might be this recipe of yours Velva!!!

Have a great weekend!
Roz

Just Cake Girl said...

This looks so yuumy and moist! :) Love it! :)

Julie said...

I am so with you, I cannot eat a banana unless it is just past green. Any black spots and I am out. I have a favorite banana bread recipe but this one looks worth trying. Hope you're having a great weekend.

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

Oh Vera!!
Fresh Banana bread is one of my favorites! I never mind buying too many bananas! I know they will be used one way or another!! Interesting twist! Have added raisens to mine and pecans or walnuts - like you - what ever is in my cupboard. But never Bourbon!! Will have to try this!!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Bananas have to be just at the peak of ripeness for me to eat them also. I hate a green or over-ripe banana.

I love this slightly 'boozed-up' version of banana bread!

Jane said...

This sounds awesome! I love the bourbon in it - I'll have to try it!

a-man said...

Delicious.
Better than throwing them away.
I like it.

Silvia C said...

For me, the bourbon wouldn't be optional :-)
Nice recipe!

callmejane said...

My whole family prefers bananas before the brown, just like you! I have three bananas past their yellow prime, ripe and ready for this recipe on my counter right now. Can't wait to try this!

Salsa Verde said...

My family loves banana bread and this recipe looks magnificent and delicious!
Cheers,
Lia.

Kitchen Belleicious said...

lol! I love the term you used- Jacked Up! How true- how true! It looks hearty, delicious, thick and moist and something I just gotta have!

rita cooks italian said...

I love banana when they turn brown, but the rest of my family love them almost green...so with the leftover I often bake banana cakes, nice to have handy also this 'moist'recipe!!!

Suzie said...

I love the name of this bread! That cracked me up. There's a commercial on the radio here with a little kid saying, "I'm all jacked up on Mountain Dew!". It cracks me up everytime I hear it...lol!

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

Now the addition of bourbon has really gotten my attention! I will have to try this - in fact, I think I've got some frozen banana at the bottom of the freezer right now!

TKW said...

Boozy banana bread? Sign me up!

The Japanese Redneck said...

Good stuff!

teresa said...

oooh, i wish i could reach in and grab a slice. this looks awesome!

Reeni Pisano said...

I am the same way about my bananas! This bread looks delectable!

Fresh Local and Best said...

I am so going to try this recipe! It sounds amazing and uses a whopping 4 bananas! That's perfect for when I have a ton lying around.

Claudia said...

I have 4-6 bananas in my freezer at any given time. Loving this jazzed-up version. Never met a banana bread recipe I didn't love.

Mimi said...

Sounds delicious.
Mimi

WizzyTheStick said...

A steady favourite. You just can't go wrong with banana bread. yum.

Federica Simoni said...

deve essere buonissimo!!!ciao!!!!!!!!!!!!

Chris said...

Alexis makes banana bread with our older nanners too, except that is a rare thing because Trevor loves eating bananas and he isn't as picky as you. Very few of ours get to the ripe stage.

bestie said...

Wow! This is a must try recipe - looks yummy and quick to make. My kind of recipe!!

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