Saturday, November 9, 2013

MOIST BANANA BREAD, AN AMISH RECIPE


I recently went to the library to pick up some books I had requested. (I have to lead a discussion in the book club this next year and it is terrible trying to choose a book that I think everyone will read and then discuss well.)  

While I was there I couldn't help but notice some books they had on display. One of them An Amish Kitchen, by Kelly Long, was a collection of three novellas with recipes in the back that were made in the stories. The stories were Amish stories by three different authors.

One of the stories called "A Spoonful of Love" was written by Amy Clipston. She provided and tested the recipes from the story. I ended up writing down two of them before I returned the book to the library....Moist Banana Bread and Apple Roll-Ups. I will be making the apple roll-ups later. (UPDATE! See link below) Today I am sharing the Moist Banana Bread recipe.

The recipe did call for margarine.  The substitutions of light margarine, the 1/2 cup of trivia blend for the cup of sugar, and the skim milk for regular milk were my own to reduce calories and sugar. (Today I use butter exclusively and would probably use it for the margarine.)



MOIST BANANA BREAD

2         eggs
1/2      cup (1 stick) margarine (light margarine works)
2         tablespoons skim milk
1/2      teaspoon lemon juice
1/2      cup truvia blend (or 1 cup sugar)
3         medium bananas, mashed (about 1-1/2 cups)
2         cups flour
1-1/2  teaspoon baking powder
1/2      teaspoon salt
1/2      teaspoon baking soda
1/4      teaspoon nutmeg

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray one large loaf pan or two mini loaf pans with cooking spray.


Beat together the eggs, margarine, milk, juice, and sugar. 







Add mashed bananas and mix.







Sift the dry ingredients together in a bowl and add to the other mixture. Stir just til flour is moistened.




Pour batter into pans.








Bake for 45 - 50 minutes if making one loaf or 35 - 40 minutes if making the mini loaves. Test doneness by inserting a toothpick in the center of the loaf. It should come out clean.



Cool in pans for 20 minutes.


























UPDATE!  I made the Apple Roll-Ups featured in the same book last week.  They were really good.  You can check them out in this POST.  Here are two pictures of them... after....


before....

You roll them up like you would cinnamon rolls. Hard to see the dough in this picture...

26 comments:

  1. Yum! That's all I can say about this!
    Can't wait to try the apple recipe, you haven't disappointed me with anything you've posted on here!

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  2. I have some dying bananas and company coming tomorrow...gonna try this!

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  3. I don't think you will be disappointed. It stays moist for a week if it lasts that long. Let me know if it is a hit.

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  4. Best recipe so far, very moist n spongy. I used the darkest bananas an used less sugar. It came out perfect and not too sweet.
    Good tip, if u have dying bananas and don't want to bake right away. Peel and save them in the freezer they work perfect for the bread.
    Thank you.

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    1. Thanks. I will try less sugar next time. I'll also try freezing the ripe bananas. I don't have that problem too often though since I separate them as soon as I get them home. They will last easily over a week. Even when the peeling turns dark the banana won't.

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  5. Would be great to get the recipes in a printable format

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    1. You can now find a print friendly button on the bar at the bottom of the post. Thanks.

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  6. have you added chocolate chips or cinnamon chips to this recipe? Any reason it would not work?

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    1. Hi Cheryl, I haven't but I don't see why it wouldn't work. My all-time favorite banana bread called Banana Split Bread has chocolate chips in it. You can check it out too.

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  7. I wouldn't use this recipe because it calls for margarine and artificial sweetener. Both are very bad for you!!!

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  8. I used egg whites and half brown and white sugar. Very moist and delicious!

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    1. Thanks, that's good to know. Did you use 1/2 cup of brown sugar + 1/2 cup of white sugar?

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  9. Made this and it is the best Banana bread recipe I have found to date. The second time I made this I cut the butter in half and added
    1/2 cup lite vanilla yogurt ( because lite was what I had on hand) and it turned out just as yummy as the original. Love love love this recipe!

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    1. thanks for the suggestion I'll have to give that a try.

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  10. Does any one what size loaf pans???

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  11. Can anyone tell me what size loaf pans???

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  12. How do I save this recipe I couldn't find Pinterest or anything else for that matter.
    I book marked the page but I find that I tend to forget if I don't see my recipes frequently like I do when I search Pinterest
    Any suggestions?

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    1. Did you save it on Pinterest Lydia? When you hover over the picture, the Save Pinterest button should appear in the left hand corner of the picture for you to save/pin it to any of your boards on Pinterest. If you wanted to print it, you can find a print button on the bar at the bottom of the post. It will allow you to print it without the images to save ink. Hope this helps you out.

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  13. Don't have lemon juice what can be substituted ?

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    1. It only calls for 1/2 teaspoon which is just a little flavoring. Do you have orange juice or lime juice. It probably won't change the taste that much. Thanks for your question. Good luck. (Let me know what you substitute and how it turns out.)

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  14. What makes is 'Amish', with the margerine, Truvia and skimmed milk in it? Sounds like ingredients found in bakery items in a regular grocery store, not an Amish farm market.

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    1. Hi Ellen, the recipe did call for margarine. The light margarine, truvia blend, and skim milk were just my substitutions to reduce calories and sugar. Even though I use butter exclusively now, I have many Amish cookbooks and recipes that call for margarine.

      Kevin Williams and Lovina Eicher do an excellent job of describing the Amish communities across America, their traditions, their differences and their similarities in the book, Amish Cooks Across America. I couldn't put the book down when I got it as a gift from Kevin. Such fascinating reading.

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  15. So difficult to read the red replies!

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    1. You are correct, Shirley, I will see how I can change this. Thanks.

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    2. I am having trouble figuring out how to change it, Shirley, but I will continue to work on it. Thanks again.

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    3. Okay, I finally found it. Hope this helps, Shirley. Thanks.

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