Jacked-Up Banana Bread With Pecans

25 Jul

I froze some overripe bananas a bit ago and have been planning to make banana bread for a while ago.  Today I finally decided to do it and spent some time looking up recipes.  I finally decided to go for a recipe on one of my favorite cooking blogs, Smitten Kitchen. However, after I decided to make it, I realized that the recipe calls for bourbon and sadly, liquor stores in Texas are closed on Sunday.  I did some quick research and found that 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of vanilla can be substituted for 1 tablespoon of bourbon and went with that (though I’m sure bourbon would have been awesome in this and I can’t wait to make it again and try it the original way).  I also decided to add 1/2 cup of pecans to the original recipe as I am a firm believer that any banana bread is better with nuts (I just added them last).  Below is the original recipe…hope you enjoy!

Elise’s Friend Heidi’s Friend Mrs. Hockmeyer’s Banana Bread, As Jacked Up by Deb
Adapted from Simply Recipes

No need for a mixer for this recipe — need I say more?

3 to 4 ripe bananas, smashed
1/3 cup melted salted butter
3/4 to 1 cup light brown sugar (depending on the level of sweetness you prefer, I always use the smaller amount)
1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon bourbon (optional)
1 teaspoon baking soda
Pinch of salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
Pinch of ground cloves
1 1/2 cup of flour

Preheat the oven to 350°F. With a wooden spoon, mix butter into the mashed bananas in a large mixing bowl. Mix in the sugar, egg, vanilla and bourbon, then the spices. Sprinkle the baking soda and salt over the mixture and mix in. Add the flour last, mix. Pour mixture into a buttered 4×8 inch loaf pan. Bake for 50 minutes to one hour, or until a tester comes out clean. Cool on a rack. Remove from pan and slice to serve.


5 Responses to “Jacked-Up Banana Bread With Pecans”

  1. Tiffany July 26, 2010 at 9:07 am #

    this looks good. I’ve made a banana bread recipe of Ina Garten’s that was delicious, but didn’t include bourbon 😦 I added chocolate chips though! yummmmm


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