Article: Banana Bread 101: yikes!

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Image Banana Bread 101
By Arlene Marshall on April 28, 2010

Why is it that all Banana Bread is NOT created equal?

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ImageZanymuse
Apr 28, 2010 12:03 PM CST
Name: Brenda Essig
Rio Dell, CA
a recipe for my favorite bread...with chocolate! Now you know i can boil water and make toast but you are enticing this non-cook to actually mix ingredients and bake!
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ImageUniQueTreasures
Apr 28, 2010 12:08 PM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
Proud member of Cubits.org
I had to read this one with my eyes closed. I just knew there would be photos!!! Great article! I can almost taste the bananas and chocolate!
ImageTwinLakesChef
Apr 28, 2010 12:42 PM CST
Name: Arlene Marshall
Twin Lakes, IA & Orange, CA
Zone 4B
It's a good thing we have more bananas ripening here. By the time DH came home from work there were only two pieces left for him. I shared it with everyone who stopped by. They walk into the house and the aroma attacks them. You can't say, "No, I haven't been baking". So you have to share.

And the good thing is it removes temptation as well as making BFF's.
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ImageUniQueTreasures
Apr 28, 2010 12:48 PM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
Proud member of Cubits.org
That's funny Arlene. During tax season I made regular old Banana Nut Bread. One of my clients came by and the first thing he said was "Oh my God, I smell Banana Nut Bread!" He had the dreamiest look on his face. I had to share some with him too. Hey, he was single and I just couldn't see him making it himself. Got myself a nice tip out of that gesture! HAHAHA
Imagemeezers6
Apr 28, 2010 1:40 PM CST
Wisconsin
Try using chocolate chips in rice pudding instead of raisins. Cooked raisins creep me out, but gooey melty chocolate in the middle of rice and custard can melt anyone's heart. Single girls take note.
It's best to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.
ImageBoopaints
Apr 28, 2010 6:28 PM CST
Name: Becky Capps
Phoenix, AZ 85022
finding joy one day at a time!
I'm drooling Arlene!!!! YUMMMMMMMY!
Imagemcgper1
Apr 28, 2010 7:57 PM CST
Name: Warren
Lisbon Falls, Maine

Being from Maine I suggest you try Dried Cranberries along with Walnuts in the Banana bread(equal amounts, I'm a bit heavy handed with both). It's a great flavor with sweet banana and tangy cranberries. I buy the packaged dried cranberries(regular)... Don't recommend the cherry flavored ones...wicked odd taste to those buggers just plain old dried cranberries works great. You'll love it.
ImageTwinLakesChef
Apr 28, 2010 10:06 PM CST
Name: Arlene Marshall
Twin Lakes, IA & Orange, CA
Zone 4B
Dried cranberies would be great; make it yours!
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HaroldS
May 2, 2010 3:02 PM CST
Glendale, Arizona
Thanks Arlene! The wife doesn't like chocolate chips, but I want to ask you about sifting flour.
I thought it was no longer necessary to sift today's flour? Are you saying we should be sifting 3 times and then measuring for all recipes - or just this one? Thanks!
ImageTwinLakesChef
May 2, 2010 3:09 PM CST
Name: Arlene Marshall
Twin Lakes, IA & Orange, CA
Zone 4B
Hi Harold,

Take a couple of cups of flour, measured carefully.

Then sift them, even just once

Then very carefully scoop back into measuring utensil.

You will have more flour than you measured the first time.

Now, in cooking it doesn't matter, because cooking isn't terribly scientific.

But in Baking there can be a huge difference. We don't sift our flour for pie crust but we do for cakes & breads.
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ImageTwinLakesChef
May 8, 2010 9:09 AM CST
Name: Arlene Marshall
Twin Lakes, IA & Orange, CA
Zone 4B
This morning . . . made it with blueberries (they were frozen when they got stirred into the batter) and some walnuts.

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ImageTwinLakesChef
May 8, 2010 9:11 AM CST
Name: Arlene Marshall
Twin Lakes, IA & Orange, CA
Zone 4B
Did an experiment on sifting flour; measured out the 1 1/2 cups of flour.

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ImageTwinLakesChef
May 8, 2010 9:13 AM CST
Name: Arlene Marshall
Twin Lakes, IA & Orange, CA
Zone 4B
Sifted it three times.

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ImageTwinLakesChef
May 8, 2010 9:28 AM CST
Name: Arlene Marshall
Twin Lakes, IA & Orange, CA
Zone 4B
light, fluffy pile . .

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ImageTwinLakesChef
May 8, 2010 9:34 AM CST
Name: Arlene Marshall
Twin Lakes, IA & Orange, CA
Zone 4B
On re-measure you find that it finally measures about 1/4 cup more than you started with. For this recipe, all the flour is needed.

But when a recipe calls for X number of cups of sifted flour, if you do not sift it before measuring, you will have added too much flour.

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