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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Banana Nut Bread, With Dried Cranberries..



Whenever we have bananas in the house that are getting a little past prime eating, I make banana bread! I use a standard recipe for making two 5"X 9" loaves, but do tend to tweak it from batch to batch.. This time, after bread was all mixed, I added chopped walnuts and dried, sweetened cranberries. We prefer these to raisins sometimes, with a brighter, more tart flavor, I season the batter with ground allspice, and ground cardamom- which is a little unusual for me, as I usually go with cinnamon! Both loaves came out well- dense and full of flavor..
Toppings to be spread can be butter, jelly, flavored cream cheeses, even peanut butter! One loaf is gone, as wife took it to work with her to share with co-workers, and the next one will be gone shortly!
The "Brown breads" as I refer to them, taste great when the weather starts turning colder...

54 comments:

Kate said...

Just last night, I was digging through my recipes for the pumpkin bread that I made last year. And guess what? It's on my cooking blog. Ha!

I've never used cardamom.

Kate said...

Just last night, I was digging through my recipes for the pumpkin bread that I made last year. And guess what? It's on my cooking blog. Ha!

I've never used cardamom.

buffalodick said...

Kate- It's a bright,citrusy spice, with aromatic spice overtones.. The Nordic countries use it in baking more than most..

Marjie said...

I have a case of bananas coming with my grocery order today, and you know banana bread is on the "to cook" list...along with banana cake, banana cream pie...and I love cranberries in everything!

Kris said...

yum! tis the season- I love baking breads this time of year!

buffalodick said...

Marjie- Sounds like this would suit you!
Kris- I don't like baking much, but I love the results to eat!

Donna-FFW said...

Lovely! I so enjoy baking with bananas.. dont read into that its an innocent statement.

I have never added cardamom, I shall try next time. Its a very expensive spice. Here anyway.

buffalodick said...

Donna- Buy cardamom in small batches, and cap tightly- as when stale it tastes like wood pulp!

Katherine Aucoin said...

Adding the cardamon was genius, I bet with the cranberries this breaded really popped!

highlandsranchfoodie.wordpress.com said...

I love banana nut bread! I'm looking at three bananas on my counter that I might just have to let rippen a bit too much. :-)
Lea Ann

buffalodick said...

Katherine- It was subtle, yet lightened a traditionally heavy bread!
Highlander- I tell my wife to quit eating them two days before I need them!

Chef E said...

I am heading out for supplies, and was thinking of making some bread again...now I am most definitely going to make something...love the cardamom!

Bina said...

I can't even begin to tell you how much I love Banana Nut bread. I've never put raisens in it, and when you said that, it reminded me of cinnamon raisin bread. I may have to try all three combined! Have you tried it that way?

Akelamalu said...

I love bananas but I've never had banana bread!

buffalodick said...

Chef- an understood spice, but done where it belongs- a good one!
Bina- All those flavors and textures work well together!
Ake- Simple savory bread that is dense and tasty!

jules said...

I just made my first banana bread recently too and it was awesome. I only wish I'd thought of putting peanut butter on it. That my friend, is pure genius and I can't wait to try it!

buffalodick said...

Genius? I wing every day of my life- and I suspect you do too.. Maybe that is part of being a genius..balancing knowing and feeling how things should be!

UBERMOUTH said...

I love banana bread. The walnuts sound divine.
Do you make carrot cake?

buffalodick said...

Uber- All day long!

Nat said...

Oh i love Banana bread ! i bake it all the time...must add the cranberries next time... i hear they help boost your immunity during flu season...so am always finding new ways to sneak cranberries into EVERYTHING ! Thanks for the excellent idea ! :)

Jeanne said...

Mmmm! I do the same thing. In fact, I suspect Old Dog buys more bananas than we can possibly eat for just this reason!

blueviolet said...

I just used dried sweetened cranberries for the first time. Oh my goodness, they really are a nice addition.

I like your twist on spices. Yum!

otin said...

Makes sense what you said about watching movies! Logic is not always fun, is it? lol

Just telling it like it is said...

Oh that reminds me of the zucchini bread my Ma used to make when I was a little girl

Hit 40 said...

You had me at bread...

then to add the cranberries!! You are very naughty!! Yummy

G-Man said...

Buff....They taste great any time of year!!!
Love those 'Craisons'!!

buffalodick said...

Nat- We just like them better than raisins..
Jeanne- wife likes the bread better than I do!
BlueV- I love dried cherries too, but way more expensive!
otin- I try to suspend belief when watching movies!
Darngirl- A lot of that around here too..
Hit40- We will be baking more during the holidays..
G-man- I always have some in the pantry!

The Blonde Duck said...

I do the same thing, except I've never tried cream cheese or peanut butter. I must do so immediately. I'm going to go glare at my bananas until they ripen in shame.

And thanks for the compliment in my world's tackiest dress!

buffalodick said...

BlondeD- I'm blessed with a wife who doesn't care to eat bananas after they are actually ripe! I have a one day window to tell her not to touch them! Compliment was well deserved..

urban vegan said...

Sounds yummy! I love cardamon in quick breads.

K said...

I love banana bread. I think I'm inspired to make some myself.

buffalodick said...

UrbanV- It does brighten the heavier breads..
K- Easy and good!

Mona said...

Mmmmm, I love anything that is cardamom or cinnamon flavored

Hit 40 said...

I still have not lost the weight I packed on last Christmas baking!!!

Shelly W said...

I save all my past prime bananas for bread, too. I love your spice combo! Cardamom and allspice are wonderful. I personally love cold banana bread with a thick layer of butter, but your spreads sound delish, too :)

Scarlet said...

There's nothing like cream cheese on warm banana bread w/ cafe con leche for breakfast...especially YOUR banana bread! :)

buffalodick said...

Mona- The bread was slightly sweet- more savory..
Hit40- Diets go out the window from Halloween on..
Shelly- It is even possible to toast it sometimes!
Scarlet

Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) said...

I have cardamom - now I have to get some sweet dried cranberries and bananas and I'm all set! I'll definitely be trying this out soon - sounds delicious! :)

Megan said...

I have a bunch of brown bananas sitting on my counter as I type. Cardomom huh? Sounds delicious!

buffalodick said...

Stacy- I going to mix some cream cheese and raspberry jelly together for a spread, and bring to friends..
Megan- Wife bakes a Swedish cookie around Christmas that uses cardomom.. thought this a good application!

Pseudonymous High School Teacher said...

This looks terrific and I love your spice and cranberry ideas. Your wife is a lucky woman

buffalodick said...

Pseudo- No she isn't, but eats pretty good food! I can be a load.. Welcome to the blog!

Shelly Rayedeane said...

Oh that looks sooooooo good! My belly is swelling like a pregnant woman just looking at that.

Odat said...

Whenever I have bananas in the house that are getting a little past prime eating............I throw them in the garbage....

Maybe I should try banana bread?

Peace

buffalodick said...

Shels- That's no way to get preggers! But I'm old fashioned..:)

buffalodick said...

Odat- Yes! If you enjoy the bread...easy!

otin said...

Thanks for the compliment!

Hit 40 said...

I want to join the other cool bloggers and splurge on a WII fit!! They all swear that it helped them drop some poundage.

buffalodick said...

otin- An honest one!
Hit40- It all works! Ding it is the trick...

Nomad said...

this looks good!!!

Rachel said...

Yum!! I make chocolate chip banana bread in our house :) you can never go wrong with chocolate and bananas!

Angela in Europe said...

I would love your recipe for this as I can never seem to make a good loaf...it's the only way I will eat bananas.

buffalodick said...

Nomad- Easy peasey!
Rachel- I've done that and love it- but wifey doesn't- go figure!
Angela- Basic banana bread is on the Internet like a rash! Additions are up to you, and what you enjoy!

Angela in Europe said...

Sigh, I do try! Nothing I make every tastes like 'grandma's banana nut bread' though. One of the few things (poached eggs are another) that I just can't seem to master. Although I do think it might have something to do with the flour here.