Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Ginger Cinnamon Banana Bread

Banana bread of any sort is always delicious and warms a house with the most amazing aromas!!

I only spent 4 days in SF and 2 of those days were spent cooking or baking. My sister has a great view with huge windows, which is perfect for baking. Bake a little, enjoy the sunshine a little, and enjoy life a lot!
My sister had 1 really ripe banana and it inspired me to make banana bread. I adapted the recipe from Lovin' From the Oven.The adapted recipe is as follows:

Cinnamon Swirl Banana Bread

For the bread:

  • 3 over-ripe bananas, smashed up
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • dash of heavy cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • dash of salt
  • 1 1/2 cups flour

For the swirl:

  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 Tbs cinnamon
  • 1/2 Tbs nutmeg
  • 1/2 Tbs ginger
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Butter and four a loaf pan.
  2. Beat egg and heavy cream together
  3. Mix bananas, sugar, egg, and vanilla together. sprinkle baking soda and salt around on top of the banana mixture. Then gently stir in flour. Be careful not to over-mix!
  4. In a small dish, mix together the sugar, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg.
  5. Add 1/2 of the batter to the loaf pan and then sprinkle half, or a little more than half of the cinnamon-sugar mixture all over the batter in the pan. Add the rest of the batter, and then sprinkle the leftover cinnamon-sugar on top.
  6. Bake for 50-60 minutes. I used a 9x5 and it took 50 minutes.
  7. Cut away sides and flip onto a wire rack.
On another note, while I was in SF, Danika, Adam and I went to Cups and Cakes on 9th and Harrison. The place has only been open for 4 months. It was really cute. I decided to get the mini cupcakes so I could bring them back to Seattle to share and try.

The flavors of the day were: 1. vanilla vanilla, 2. chocolate chocolate, 3. pb & j, 4. lost in paradise (banana cake and strawberry frosting), 5. red velvet (a staple in any cupcake place!), 6. mudslide (chocolate cake with Bailey's frosting), 7. ginger pearberry (pear cake with ginger raspberry frosting), 8. cotton candy (vanilla cake and cotton candy frosting).

I was also fortune enough to taste the salty oatmeal cookie with chocolate ganache filling. The owner (who wasn't there) was at a baking competition with that tasty concoction. I hope she won!!

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