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Banana Bread

Today I decided to do something with my very over ripe banana’s.  Banana bread was my answer.  I don’t usually enjoy baking.  It is so precise and I don’t want to have to wash all those utensils and bowls.  As it was baking it made the house smell so yummy.  I baked two loaves.  One loaf was baked in a metal nonstick bread pan and one was baked in a glass loaf pan.  The one in the glass pan baked higher and took longer to finish cooking.  I sure hope it is done in the middle.  No one likes raw goo in the middle of their bread.  Also, notice the stupid nonstick pan stuck a little on the bottom. Oh well, I got to sample the bread and it is very delicious.

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Oh, and I got the recipe off of Epicurious.com, (of course).

Banana Bread with Chocolate Chips and Walnuts Bon Appétit | February 2000
by Marsha Klein, Barrington, RI
Yield: Makes one 9-inch loaf
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
3/4 cup walnuts, toasted, chopped
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 cup mashed ripe bananas
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter and flour 9x5x2 1/2-inch metal loaf pan. Whisk first 4 ingredients in medium bowl to blend. Combine chocolate chips and walnuts in small bowl; add 1 tablespoon flour mixture and toss to coat.
Beat butter in large bowl until fluffy. Gradually add sugar, beating until well blended. Beat in eggs 1 at a time. Beat in mashed bananas, lemon juice and vanilla extract. Beat in flour mixture. Spoon 1/3 of batter into prepared pan. Sprinkle with half of nut mixture. Spoon 1/3 of batter over. Sprinkle with remaining nut mixture. Cover with remaining batter. Run knife through batter in zigzag pattern.
Bake bread until tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 1 hour 5 minutes. Turn out onto rack and cool.

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