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Friday, July 11, 2008

Banana Nut Bread

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Banana Nut Bread

I had mentioned having some overripe bananas the other day and received some wonderful comments with advice about what to do if I couldn't bake banana nut bread before they turn bad. Well, we did eventually work up to making banana nut bread that day and you can see the results in the photo above.

What? You were expecting food porn? Sorry, I'm not very good with that. I'll admit it isn't very pretty to look at, however I can assure you that it is quite delicious. I give half to DH to take to work because we can't possibly eat it all ourselves. Well, we could, but that wouldn't be good.

Were you expecting rectangular loaves? I have a quirk. I like to bake in my Bundt pan. I think this is one of the few items sold in this country that is also made here too. If you turn over the pan it says MPLS, MN USA on it. What a surprise. Not "made in (insert your favorite non-US country here)". Anyhow I suppose loaves would be easier since I send DH to work with half of it. Definitely easier to wrap up rectangular loaves.

I saw this Berry Cobbler recipe on Michele's blog that looks really yummy.


On the knitting front...

I mentioned thinking about a few patterns the other day. Well, I've finally made some forward progress. I finally got my hands on a copy of the February Lady Sweater. I know, I know, it doesn't sound like much until I tell you that I live in the Dark Ages and do not own a printer. Gasp! I know! So getting a printed copy of this pattern is really half the battle for me.

I've already dug out some yarn to play with, Elann Superwash Bamboo, and 5 mm needles. Now the pattern says gauge is 18 stitches per 4 inches in garter stitch. I wonder if I should knit a garter swatch. I've never been good with gauge. I think that's why I like freeform knits like scarves and dishcloths. Lack of gauge is definitely one of the things that make me a bad knitter. I'm lazy!!! I admit it. I think I'll just dive in and cast on for 83 stitches and see what happens.

I'm still working on typing up the row-by-row instructions for my Hera Scarf (chart already available from here, scroll down). I just haven't been able to focus on this. Until then, you can see another photo of it. :-)

Hera Cable Scarf


7 stitch(es):

MicheleLB said...

I'm an impatient gauge swatcher. I made a little swatch for the February Lady, then cast on my 83 stitches. After 23 rows, I remeasured and it was too small. Rip! It's now at 30 rows, and the right size. Have fun!

Renna said...

Au contraire! Your cake is very pretty to look at.

I can't believe it has never before crossed my mind to bake banana bread in a bundt pan. It's really a pretty cake, and I love to use my bundt pan. I use it for the majority of cakes that I bake (but not for my chocolate sheet cake).

Down with banana loaves. Up with banana bundts! ;-)

Aunt Kathy said...

Never thought of banana bread in a bundt pan either, what a great idea. Frantically trying to remember if I have a bundt pan anymore, LOL

Jean said...

This bread freezes well and is perfect for reheating when you just don't have the time to bake. I cut mine into individual portions to make it quicker to thaw and wrap each slice, then put in a good freezer bag. I have just started the Persophone scarf in a dk weight merino wool by Ecco, it is really turning out nice.

Trish - My Merino Mantra said...

Did I miss the recipe? I am still in search of the best banana bread recipe, one which gives a nice, moist bread, and doesn't take like waffles or muffins.

Cat said...

Would you mind sharing your recipe. I have some bananas that are calling out to made into bread. I love the idea of using a bundt pan.


hakucho said...

The freezer is the best way to save bananas. When I have enough I love to make banana cake. This time of year the bananas alway get ripe way too fast and it would be a sin to throw them away. Your bread in the bundt pan looks wonderful...I have never thought to use mine for bread...that's a good idea :)