Well, I had some leftover bananas that needed using, so I pulled out the trusty bread machine.
I have had two bread machines and this one is my favorite. I got rid of the other one (to B)
This one is made by Regal and has a "quick bread" setting. It works great for banana bread.
The only thing about bread machines is that you have to play by their rules, you can't decide to add another egg or put a little more/less sugar or flour. It HAS to be by the recipe.
My recipe calls for:
3 medium ripe bananas, mashed (do you ever wonder if they mean "medium ripe" or medium sized?)
1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
1 egg, slightly beaten
3 Tablespoons sour milk (1 Tbsp vinegar & 2 Tbsp milk)
2 1/4 Cups all-purpose flour
1/2 C sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp sal
1/2 - 3/4 C chopped nuts
1/2 C chocolate chips (I don't use chocolate chips because Mr wants raisins with cinnamon) So:
1/2 C raisins
1 tsp cinnamon
Everything MUST be put into the machine bread pan in order. Bananas, butter, egg and milk.
In another bowl, combine the dry ingredients and add to bread pan.
Select the "quick bread" setting and start the machine.
I like to watch the first mixing because I want to get my spatula in there and make sure that the flour on the edges gets mixed in. That means that I have to dodge the paddle in the middle. It just makes it more interesting to dodge, scrape, dodge, scrape until I know that there is no flour on the bottom. Then, the "Good Fairy" takes it away and about an hour and 45 minutes later, you have the finished product. You will have to dig out the paddle from the bottom (and it makes a hole in the bread, but hey, you didn't heat up the kitchen and you have a banana bread)
If you don't have a bread machine, this recipe works for regular baking...
And, in case you haven't noticed, I could really use a class on photography and arrangements...