|Over the years I've made many, many variations|
and this is my absolute favorite to date...
Prep: 10 mins. |
Bake: 1 hr.
Posted by Sandra
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon double-acting baking powder
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon freshly grated orange zest
1/2 cup butter (1 stick), at room temperature
2 cups “ripe” bananas, cut into very small chunks (about 3 large)
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 teaspoons cinnamon
½ teaspoon nutmeg
3/4 cup of milk
1 cup combination of cup chopped pecans, and raisins
--(or craisins, or other dried fruit, or brand of nuts, also see “Tip”)
--Cinnamon/sugar for sprinkling on top
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a loaf pan sprayed with baking flavored oil.
Sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt into large bowl.
In a medium bowl, cream together the sugar and butter. Beat the eggs slightly in another medium bowl, and add to the creamed mixture, mixing to combine. In the same medium bowl, add the chopped bananas, and then add to the creamed mixture. Add the vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and orange zest and beat, just until combined.
Mix in the sifted dry ingredients until combined, then stir in milk and nuts (or your preferred additions, but do not exceed ½ cup total).
Place the mixture into the prepared loaf pan, and bake for 30 minutes, remove and sprinkle with top with cinnamon/sugar, and continue baking for 30 more minutes, until the top is brown and a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
Remove from oven and place loaf pan on its side for 10 minutes, and then place on a cooling rack and cover loaf with a clean kitchen towel to cool for 10 minutes before spreading slices with butter or cream cheese, and a hot cup of coffee or tea, or a cold glass of milk. – Enjoy!
Tip: If you use frozen cranberries or blueberries, once thawed if there are any juices present be sure to drain first through a colander or sieve, although maintain the 1-cup quantity.