This first one is for Banana Bread. Now, I LOVE to bring baked goods to work and someone told me this was "the best Freaking Banana Bread I've ever had in my life."
What You'll Need:
- 1 3/4 Cups Flour
- 2 1/4 TSP Baking Powder
- 3/4 TSP Salt
- 1/3 Cup Butter, @ Room Temperature
- 2/3 Cup Sugar
- 1 TSP Lemon Zest
- 2 Large Eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 1/4 Cup Mashed Ripe Banana (about 2 bananas)
1/2 Cups Chopped Walnuts
1/2 Cups Dried Cranberries
*You can also use pecans, dates, or other nuts / dried fruit. Chocolate Chips are also a nice sweet option!
Preheat the Oven to 350, Grease an 8 1/2 by 4 1/2 Loaf Pan with Butter
Sift the Flour, baking powder and salt together into a medium bowl and set aside.
In a large bowl, use a wooden spoon to beat the butter with the sugar and lemon zest, until soft and creamy.
Add 1/3 of the Flour Mixture, stir until fully incorporated. Repeat until you've added all of the flour.
Mix in the Eggs and Banana until well blended.
Gently fold in the nuts / fruit.
Pour the batter into the loaf pan and bake for about 1 hour- or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Serve warm with butter, or at room temperature... nick loves his nice and warm right out of the oven!
I love this because it doesn't have a lot of sugar in it. Its fluffy and delicious!