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Yes, We Have No Bananas

When it's cold outside, few things sound better to me than freshly baked goodies. Heating up the oven, smelling the hot scent of vanilla and sugar, eating warm cookies or bread: It's enough to make me crave a snow day. Over the weekend I experimented with banana bread; it satisfied my need for treats without (completely) eschewing the idea of healthy eating. Bananas are bright and colorful, a bonus on a dark day; plus, they're full of potassium -- and they're delicious. What's not to love? And every baker knows that banana bread is the best use for bananas that may have sat on the counter a few days too long.


Banana Bread Nana Saver Beard on Bread (Paperback) Gourmet Ware Medium Bread Pan Glass 1.5-quart Loaf Pan (Set of 2) Silicone Bakeware


I followed a banana bread recipe from Beard on Bread; it was simple and relatively quick as far as bread goes. Banana bread has the advantage of not needing kneading. You can combine the ingredients, pop it in the oven, and forget about it until you're ready to pull it back out. I've baked in both glass and metal bakeware, and I'd like to experiment with the new silicone bakeware and see what happens.


Beard includes another banana bread recipe in the book as well as recipes for an assortment of sweet, savory, and traditional breads. Buy the book and check them out. They're all delicious. And if you feel like sharing a recipe, a baking tip, or a bread story, feel free to do that, too.



Posted by Jessica Gezon

Jessica Gezon



Feb. 1, 2011 at 12:59 PM

GO BEARD! The problem with silicone bakeware is that it doesn't hold its shape. My loaves are always misshapen. I think you can buy holders for them, like, cages, I suppose? But I prefer glass, generally.

Feb. 1, 2011 at 1:01 PM

I love making banana bread, it's the only bread I feel confident baking. On a somewhat related note, though, the last time I made it was a disaster. I thought I had put it in the oven when I hadn't, set the timer and spent an hour waiting for nothing to cook. In this process I also set a toaster cord on fire because I don't have a microwave and had used a burner to melt butter. Yep, reasons why I never cook.

Feb. 1, 2011 at 1:18 PM

I think my mom spoiled us when we were little by adding nuts to her banana bread. Now when I eat banana bread, I always feel like there's something missing if it doesn't have nuts. All fruit bread is amazing straight out of the oven with a bit of butter that melts right on it, though. MMMMMMMMMM.

Feb. 2, 2011 at 12:49 PM

Try silicone baking mats -- they're amazing. Cookies just slide off the mats, which are reusable and don't need to be greased before baking.

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