|Dates, apricots, walnuts, and mashed banana await the magic that will make banana bread.|
|The banana bread batter as it is ready to put in the oven.|
|Out of the oven to cool.|
|Nicely sliced - just had to have a taste!|
Here is the recipe.
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3 Tablespoons packed light brown sugar
2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
8 dried dates, chopped (I had no whole dried dates available, so I estimated amount of chopped dates).
6 dried apricot halves, chopped (The dried apricots I had available were whole, not half).
1 large egg
1 very ripe banana, mashed
1/4 cup fat-free milk
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F; spray an 8 x 4-inch loaf pan with nonstick spray.
- In a medium bowl, combine the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon; stir in the walnuts, dates, and apricots. In a small bowl, beat the egg; add the banana and milk. Pour over the flour mixture; stir until just blended (do not overmix).
- Transfer to the pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 1 hour. Cook completely on a rack.
- Servings: 12; 1/12 loaf is a serving.
Critique: I'm not sure my baking powder worked as it should. The bread really didn't rise much at all. It is a dense loaf and toasted well.
Our week-end company has returned home safely. They didn't have long to stay, but we had a great time, and a few things were accomplished. Munchomom went home with fabric for a bridesmaid dress, and Little Munchkin with fabric for a flower girl dress. They will be going to the seamstress very soon! More on this in the future.:-)
Tomorrow - "Super" help in the kitchen.