31 March 2011

Banana Sour Cream Bread


This yummy Banana Bread is so easy to make and tastes de-lish!
But first, this {I typed this up as soon as I got home, so I wouldn't forget.}...
I just met the strangest man at Winn-Dixie. I was almost finished shopping for my banana bread recipe and was looking at the butter when I noticed an older man sitting on the display case in front of the cream cheese. I asked him if he was ok (I thought he might be feeling sick or something.) and he said he was fine. Here's our brief and awkward conversation:

Me: Do you need anything?
Old Man:  No, I'm fine. No, I'm not ok.  I do need something. I need a girlfriend.
Me: yeah?
Old Man: Yeah. I need a girlfriend or maybe just a friend. I need someone to talk to.
Me: (trying to laugh it off like he was joking.) I'm married, I don't think my Husband would like that very much.
Old Man: I don't mean you personally.
Me: (Ignoring old man now...jeez way to embarrass yourself Whitney...) *looking at butter*
Old Man: People don't understand that I need someone to talk to.
Me: *crickets* (Wow, this butter is so expensive... and that old man is seriously disturbing.) Wow, that's expensive. (yes, I actually talked out loud to myself. The old man was doing it too!)

After ignoring him for several minutes whilst perusing the butter selections, he huffed up and I heard him mumbling, "I guess I'll move, I can see they don't want me to sit down. I just need to sit down somewhere."
Or something like that. And he wandered off with his buggy.

I moved on to the section where he was sitting and overheard one employee talking to another about the Old Man. The male employee asked me if I was offended by the Old Man. I said I was creeped out, but not offended. The lady employee said he does this all the time. While she was helping me to find some crushed walnuts, she told me, "He's a Vet (as in veteran, not a veterinarian... It's ok. I thought the same thing.) and he's off and thinks the CIA is out to get him." (I was thinking, why does a vet think the CIA is out to get him...and then I thought about it for a minute and realized she meant he was a WAR VET. Doh!)
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Anywho...found my walnuts, so let's make this Banana Sour Cream Bread! 

I bought a bunch of bananas about a week or so ago at the aforementioned Winn-Dixie and they were quickly going bad,


so I thought to myself..."I like bananas. I like bread. I like bananas in bread. I don't not like baking. I think I'll try to bake some banana bread!" So,  I google easy banana bread recipes and I find this little beauty. Hey, I can do that! So I did!
My cute apron from the thrift store, c. 1963.














Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 3 cups white sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 6 very ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 (16 ounce) container sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 teaspoons baking soda
  • 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
Perfect! They had NO bad spots at all, and they peeled so easily!

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 300° F (150° C). Grease four 7x3 inch loaf pans. In a small bowl, stir together 1/4 cup white sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Dust pans lightly with cinnamon and sugar mixture.
  2. In a large bowl, cream butter and 3 cups sugar. Mix in eggs, mashed bananas, sour cream, vanilla and cinnamon. Mix in salt, baking soda and flour. Stir in nuts. Divide into prepared pans. 
  3. Bake for 1 hour, until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. {I had to modify this and add an extra 20 minutes at 325°F since they were still "jiggly" after the hour at 300°}
 You may or may not enjoy licking the bowl at this point. I did. If you're like my mother and insist that I'll be sorry later because I'll have salmonella poisoning from the raw eggs, don't lick the bowl. Just call me! I'll come lick it... I mean, do the responsible thing and just rinse and wash your bowl... *ahem*

While it's baking, for an hour (who knew perfection took that long...) you can wash all the dishes you went through. (Maybe this is just me? I used all of my measuring cups and spoons.) Or you can dance around the kitchen with your freshly groomed pup singing along to 90's hits such as, "Whoop There it Is", 98°, No Doubt and Boys II Men... Not saying I did this, 'cuz I didn't....I'm just saying YOU could... *ahem* 


After you let your bread cool, or not... Slice off a piece for yourself and a loved one. :) It goes great with a glass of cold milk! And my Hubby who said he does NOT like bananas just ate a slice and said, "It's good." I'll take that as a compliment! He really means, "Wow, honey! You're the best cook ever! I really do love banana bread! All thanks to you!". Well, something like that.

3 comments:

Joey @ Big Teeth and Clouds said...

I enjoy my banana bread with a cup of hot tea. Yours looks scrumptious. I love the shot of your dog.

Jessica said...

I thought I was a follower of this blog, but somehow I'm not. No worries I will fix that now! Great post and I love the pictures! Beautiful. Don't feel bad I always lick the bowl too! Is it bad, I let my kids lick the bowl after I make a cake? Nah, I'm still alive and I always licked the bowl when I was little! :)

Just Debbi said...

Whitney, this is your Mother speaking. Don't you come running to me when you get Salmonella poisoning! I've told you NOT to lick the bowl! LOL
Your Banana Bread looks awesome. Good job! Too bad I'm allll the way over here in S'ville...sure would love to have a slice!

Keep up the good work! Love you mucho, mucho!!

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