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Good banana bread makes for a good morning 
Mar. 1, 2011 6:15 am 
Updated: Mar. 2, 2011 9:51 am
I hope everyone is having a great day.  One way to start on a pleasant note is a nice cup of coffee and a slice of banana bread slathered in butter.  (no calorie counting here)  I found this easy recipe, tweaked it a little and thought I would share and hopefully brighten up a few mornings.  If you fill your 9x5 pan 2/3rds of the way full you get a nice loaf and enough left of a couple of mini loaves.

                                                            Banana Bread

2 1/4 cups all prupose flour
1tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt 1 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 lb ripe bananas (about 3-4)
1 1/4 cup sugar
2/3 cup vegetable oil
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 350 and grease and sugar an9x6 loaf pan and two mini loaf pans.  I like to use the sugar instead of flour for a sweet crunch on the outside.
Whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon together.  In another bowl mash up the bananas.  Add the sugar, oil, eggs and vanilla to the mashed bananas along with the pecans.  Combine all ingredients and fill prepared pans about 2/3 full with batter.  Tap down pans to avoid air bubbles and smooth the tops.  Bake about 25 minutes for mini loaves and 1 1/4 hour for the large loaf.  Check laoves with a toothpick to test doneness.
Big and little Banana Bread
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Mar. 1, 2011 6:22 am
If anyone reading this can tell me why the blog posted the line before my recipe title ( .....)I would appreciate it. I'm pretty new at this and couldn't edit it out. Also sorry for a couple of misspellings I just noticed. Have a great day!
ahmad safrudin 
Mar. 1, 2011 3:14 pm
banana bread is delicious in the morning .. its delicious taste and keep warm ... but to refresh your throat during the day with a hot air I have a recipe iced green bananas "
Mar. 2, 2011 9:51 am
I love Banana Bread - I Love it warm with cream cheese on it :) One thing I do to make it a lil healthier for my kids is I use Baby Food Apple sauce for the oil and I add Baby Food bananas along with the Regular Bananas - Makes it VERY moist I just made 2 loaves 2 days ago - 1 to eat and 1 to freeze :)
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I am a retired chef and restaurant owner. I love food and all things related to it. I am also an avid Texas Holdem poker player. I am married with an awesome husband and two grown happily married children and one grandson. I live in the foothills of the Sierra Nevadas in a very small town. We live on 10 acres and have three different gardens with varying levels of success that my beautiful daughter-in-law is in charge of with my help. I believe in cooking from scratch and am glad that I now have the time to do it.
My favorite things to cook
I love to make soups, baked goods, and delicious entrees. I make all of our breads and pastries from scratch. Eggs are my friend and I used to be a breakfast cook for years. Many chefs hate cooking eggs and that was true of the chefs I hired so I became the breakfast chef at my busy little restaurant.
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We like to make tamales a couple of times a year for Cinco de Mayo and Christmas Eve even though we are gringos. We don't let that fact stop us! Of course we need black-eyed peas for good luck at New Years. Thanksgiving without our jalapeno cornbread stuffing would be family sacrilege.
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One of my favorite meals I have cooked was Thanksgiving dinner for 80 seniors. I wanted to bring them holiday memories through the tastes and smells of my holiday menu. When I saw some of them getting teary about the meal I knew I had succeeded.
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