In recent human history, the pharmacy and the oven occupied the same room. That connection is never more apparent than when baking bread on a cold day. I prefer quickbreads to yeast-based breads for their relative ease.
When the leaves begin to turn and the temperature drops, I rub my hands together and eagerly anticipate one of my favorite fall activities: baking apple banana bread. The mashed bananas, the chopped apples (perhaps just picked from Stribling Orchard, if you time it right), the butter, the optional nuts, the loads of sugar. Oh God – it’s CAKE you can eat for BREAKFAST. What is better than that?
Recipe after the jump.
This is one of the first bread recipes I conquered. When I pulled that first loaf out of the oven, smelling perfect and browned just-so, I wanted to carry it over my head down the street to a chorus of trumpets. Bread! I made bread! I have yet to have that experience with yeast-based bread.
In my highly scientific study, I’ve found everyone loves banana bread. If you don’t, you may be a socialist. So this bread makes a great housewarming or hostess gift. I’m also partial to baking mini loaves and giving them away for Christmas (you need to keep a closer eye on the bread as it bakes though).
Full disclosure: I have no idea whose recipe this is. I printed it off the Interwebs circa 2002 and, in a fit of organization, transferred it to an index card. So if you recognize this as your Great Aunt Mildred’s family recipe from the old country, kudos. Aunt Mildred sure knew how to whip up a mean quick bread.
1/2 cup of butter, softened
1/2 cup of brown sugar
1/2 cup of granulated sugar
3 tb sour cream
1 cup mashed banana (at least one banana. I’ll sometimes toss in a second if they are going fast)
1 ts vanilla
2 cup flour
1 ts baking powder
1 ts baking soda
1 ts cinnamon (I always sprinkle in a little extra)
2 apples, cored and chopped. Skin optional..
1/2 cup of chopped walnuts (I usually leave these out. The apples provide enough of a crunch.)
Preheat oven to 350. Cream butter, sugars. Beat in eggs. Stir in sour cream, banana, vanilla.
In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon. Gradually add to butter mixture. Gently stir in apples and nuts. Spoon into greased pan. Bake 1 hour (45-50 minutes is plenty in our stove) or until toothpick comes out clean.