Whether you are a world class chef or a world class microwaver, every one of us has a set of "go-to" recipes. A go-to recipe is one you can make from memory and always have ingredients for. As I get older, I'm perfecting my go-to recipes, especially in the appetizer, entree and dessert arenas.
I'm starting a new series here on i Dabble where I share some of my favorite go-tos with you. I thought I would start with something easy, banana bread. This recipe yields a fluffy, moist loaf that keeps for more than a few days (if it lasts that long.) The best part? It's husband approved!
Cast of Characters:
1/2 cup of unsalted butter, melted
1 cup of sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup of sour cream
2 medium bananas, ripe and sliced (I used 3 smaller bananas this time)
1/2 cup of walnuts (optional) (I opt out, Jamie doesn't do nuts)
1) Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees. Grease a loaf pan and set aside.
2) Combine butter and sugar in a bowl with a hand mixer.
3) Add in eggs one at a time and then vanilla extract. Mix well.
4) Sift together the flour, baking soda and salt and slowly add them into the butter/egg mixture.
5) Stir in the sour cream and sliced banana. If you are using walnuts, stir them in now.
Pour the mixture into a loaf pan and spread evenly. Bake for 60 minutes.
The bread will be a nice, golden color and a fork when inserted will come out dry. Cool for a few minutes in the loaf pan, then turn out and cool completely on a wire rack. Cut yourself a nice big piece and enjoy with some coffee, tea or a cold glass of milk.
Do you have go-to recipes? Maybe I should do a link-up for go-to recipes so we can share? Let me know if you like that idea and I'll set it up for my next go-to recipe post!