Blueberry Banana Bread

I’ve been on a 5 day “stay-cation” before I start a new job on Monday and I think it’s exactly what my body needed. I haven’t been setting an alarm in the mornings and have allowed myself to wake up naturally (well, as natural as possible with two hungry dogs barking and normally a 9AM wake-up call from Q), but still I’m sleeping in and just decompressing. I feel more energized and my body has just been able to kind of mellow out for a couple days which I think it really needed. I made this bread earlier in the week to bring in to my old job as one last “Koko Treat” (they have been the testers of many a sweet thing). And it was definitely another hit with the co-workers.

For this loaf, I took a basic banana bread recipe which we use as a “go to” in our house when we have ripe bananas. I added in blueberries and layered a banana over the top of the loaves for some extra flavor (and looks-wise it gives the loaves something special). We toasted the walnuts instead of putting them in raw and we used a potato ricer to mash our bananas which speeds up the process.

Blueberry Banana Bread

Makes 2 medium loaves

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup and 2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4 medium, very ripe, bananas, mashed (*we used a potato ricer to mash them)
  • 1 medium ripe banana (for top of the loaf), sliced horizontally
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Toast walnuts in a toaster oven or on a stove top for 5 minutes. Set aside
  2. Heat oven to 325 degrees. Grease two medium loaf pans ( 7.5″ x 3.5″) and set aside.
  3. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium sized bowl using your hands or a wooden spoon.
  4. In a large bowl, with a hand mixer, mix the melted butter and sugar and beat until blended. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then the 4 mashed bananas. Then, with a wooden spoon, stir in the walnuts, blueberries and vanilla extract. Add the flour mixture, a third at a time, stirring well after each bit.
  5. Scrape mixture into loaf pans. Only fill them 3/4 of the way. Layer your banana slices over the center of the loaf.
  6. Bake for 45-60 minutes. When they are ready, a toothpick stuck in the center of the loaves should come out cleanish.
  7. Let the loaves cool in the pans or 10 minutes. Remove loaves from pans (carefully) and let them cool on a wire rack.

Adapted from Nigella Lawson’s “How to Be a Domestic Goddess

(I let my loaves cool outside for 5 minutes before taking them out of the pans since we were in a rush to get out the door.) These loaves were truly delicious and a great recipe to try for any beginning bakers.

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4 Comments

Filed under Baking, Breads & Loafs, Recipe

4 responses to “Blueberry Banana Bread

  1. Pingback: Cherry Almond Muffins | Koko Likes

  2. Malia

    Koko, I don’t care for bananas or blueberries, but this is SO gorgeous, I may have to convert.

  3. The bread in itself sounds delicious but your presentation just makes this a total winner of a recipe! Such gorgeous photos too 🙂

  4. WOW Ko your breads look absolutely beautiful! Your photography is getting so incredibly artistic and professional I am so impressed. xo

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