Quest for the Best Banana Bread Gets Bewitched

We have recently seen some banana bread recipes floating about with pumpkin added to the mix. Now while that sounds totally interesting and very Halloween-y, we’re keeping our banana breads on this quest simple and pure.

Our eighth banana bread recipe on this quest came to us from Sally at Bewitching Kitchen. Now for those of you that don’t know Sally, she is an amazing cook and a bread baker extraordinaire. So you can bet we were excited to try this recipe.

Miss A was again at the ready for another banana bread baking adventure. She did a great job mashing the bananas and mixing them together with the buttermilk. 

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Quest for the Best Banana Bread – Sprinkled to Perfection

This past weekend we made a trip to our old home in Minnesota. It was our first trip back since we moved and it came with some mixed emotions. I knew it was going to be hard to see our old house. We have so many memories there – three years of little Mr. N, many great friends, weekend adventures, tons of wildlife and of course, bringing home baby Miss A. It was very hard for me to leave the very first place I truly felt at home as an adult with my new family. (Not to mention my old kitchen – gosh, do I miss that room. ūüėČ )¬†

That said it is a beautiful part of the world and my sadness didn’t last long. It was quickly ushered out when we saw a buck standing outside our old house, hiked to the top of a bluff with our good friends, enjoyed a play date with Mr. N’s old friends at our favorite park, watched a bald eagle soaring overhead as we kayaked, and ate several meals at our favorite sandwich place. Continue reading

Quest for the Best Banana Bread – Ontario Style

Like the Falls, our quest keeps on going.

It’s back! Our quest for the best banana bread. This is our sixth installment and we still have a few more recipes to go. ¬†Tonight’s Canadian version was sent to us by A_Boleyn and adapted from Edna Staebler’s Food That Really Schmecks. Edna Staebler is a Canadian author, known for a series of cookbooks which are based on Mennonite home cooking from the Waterloo region of Ontario.¬†It only seemed fitting to include this recipe while we’re on our Ontario cooking adventure.

The recipe began in a familiar way. We creamed the shortening, eggs and sugar in a bowl.

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Quest for the Best Banana Bread – Tropical Twist

A few weeks ago, when we were cooking our “tropical” recipes from Florida and Bermuda, we decided to¬†try a¬†tropical twist¬†version of¬†banana bread. This version is very different from any of those we tried before and when I saw it on Katerina’s blog, Diethood, I knew we had to add it to our quest.

Miss A, my banana bread assistant chef, was at the ready with her pastry blender to sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

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Quest for the Best Banana Bread Numero Cuatro

A few months back we started our quest for the best banana bread. In large part it was due to this recipe. Several years ago when we lived in Minnesota, a good friend brought over her banana bread. At the time it had been years since I had actually had any banana bread. I knew I liked banana bread, but since making it with my dad I had never really been wowed by it. That is until I took a bite of¬†Doree’s¬†banana bread. I was hooked – we were¬†all hooked.

I kept telling¬†Doree¬†that she should sell this stuff to the local coffee shops. It is that good.¬†Throughout our¬†years in Minnesota¬†Doree¬†kept us supplied with this wonderful treat (It came in particularly handy when I was pregnant with Miss A!). After several months away from Minnesota and in our new hometown, I began craving this bread. I was so honored when Doree shared this recipe with us and so excited when it turned out just as good as her’s.

Doree’s¬†banana bread is loaded¬†with bananas, four or five to be¬†exact. We combined the bananas with the other wet ingredients in a large mixing bowl and beat them together. The wet ingredients include eggs, vegetable oil, buttermilk and vanilla. Continue reading

Third Time’s the Charm? Quest for the Best Banana Bread.

Tonight the kids and I whipped up the third banana bread recipe for our quest. This particular version is adapted¬†from Martha Stewart’s banana bread and was sent¬†to me by an old high school friend. Thanks Liz! The major differences in this recipe¬†compared to the first two¬†are that it uses only white sugar and replaces the oil with sour cream. Until now, I had never seen a banana bread recipe with sour cream, so I was intrigued.

We started by mashing the bananas – Miss A was on hand to help in what has become her new favorite outfit (a princess nightgown), worn both day and night.

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