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I made two variations of banana bread last weekend, and lo, they are insanely tasty, and yea verily, the recipe shall be shared with the people.

Variation 1: Blueberry Monster

Essentially, if you have a favorite banana bread recipe already, just use that, and instead of nuts or chocolate chips or whatever, dump in 2 cups of blueberries. If you don't have a favorite banana bread recipe, well, I have a doozy for you.

2 cups flour
3 overripe bananas, well-mashed
1 stick butter (1/2 cup), melted
3/4 cup sugar (I like using dark brown, which means it's a bit less sweet and has a darker flavor)
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/4 cup whole milk yogurt (non of that non-fat or lowfat stuff! BE A MAN!)
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups blueberries
Cinnamon, if you want

Oven: 350° F. Use a loaf pan, or an 8 x 8 square pan.

1. Combine all the dry ingredients except the blueberries in a big bowl.

2. Combine all the wet ingredients (butter qualifies as wet because it's MELTED, see?) in a medium to small-ish bowl.

3. Dump wet ingredients into dry, and mix gently and quickly until everything is just combined. Dough should be very thick and shaggy. Don't overmix! It makes for tough banana bread, which, as you all should know by now, makes the baby Jesus very sad and kill kittens with his sad baby Jesus powers.

4. Dump in the blueberries. Incorporate into batter carefully, making sure you don't smoosh any of them.

5. Bake anywhere from 40 minutes to an hour. I recommend poking a skewer into the center at around the 45 minute mark, or when the bread starts smelling really, really good, to see if it's reasonably dry in the middle.

Variation 2: The Beautiful Apple/Banana Bastard Lovechild of Much Tastiness

I came up with this recipe when I realized that I didn't have three bananas but did have two small-ish apples that needed to die/turn into sauce. It turned out really, really well. Whee!

So again, if you have a favorite banana bread recipe, use half the butter on the apple sauce component and about 1/4 cup of the sugar; if you want to make exactly the bread I did--well, you can't, because I was eyeballing everything for the applesauce component, but seriously, guys: grated apple, cinnamon, butter and sugar. Unless you burn it (and you'd have to WORK at burning apples, because of their high water content), it's pretty goddamn hard to fuck up.

The apple sauce:
2 medium apples, peeled, cored and grated coarsely
1/4 cup dark brown sugar (this is approximate)
1/2 stick butter (1/4 cup)
Sprinkling salt
Shitton cinnamon--can't remember how much I added, but it was at least a tablespoon

1. Melt butter in saucepan.

2. Toss in apples, sugar, cinnamon and salt.

3. Cook on medium heat, stirring occasionally, until apples are simmering and gooey and the water's cooked away enough that there isn't a little pool at the bottom of the pan any more.

4. Try not to stuff your face with the apple sauce because these are meant to serve a nobler purpose. Remember: NOBLER. PURPOSE. Also, let that shit cool down so it's lukewarm.

The bread:
2 overripe bananas, well-mashed
1/2 cup sugar (white vs. dark brown is a matter of preference and conscience)
2 cups flour
1/2 stick butter (1/4 cup), melted
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/4 cup whole milk yogurt (we know what happens to people who bake with non-fat yogurt, right?)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt

Oven: 350° F. Use a loaf pan, or an 8 x 8 square pan.

1. Combine all the dry ingredients in a big bowl.

2. Combine all the wet ingredients (remember the butter!) in a medium bowl and mash together well.

3. Dump wet ingredients into dry, and mix gently and quickly until everything is just combined. Remember the kittens. Please. Just. Remember the kittens.

4. Bake between 50-65 minutes for this puppy. The apple makes for a wetter batter. Again, check right around the 50-minute mark, or when it starts smelling really, really good. The batter is pretty sturdy and forgiving, and takes gratuitous poking better than, say, your mom.

Date: 2009-01-28 12:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jennekirby.livejournal.com
Holy CRAP these sound good. I'm definitely going to try the first one soon.

Date: 2009-01-28 07:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] konomaigo.livejournal.com
I may have to make one or both of these soon myself.

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