Holy moly are these things awesome good! I did modify a little, but the things I did were not recipe integrity deal breakers. First, I made half a recipe - just wanted a "modest" pan for the two of us. What pan to use, tho,' when you're halving a 15x10" pan? I didn't follow any scientific formula to figure it out - I just figured an 11x7" or 9x9" (which I used) would work out just fine - and it did. As for the batter itself, I wanted to use buttermilk I had on hand rather than sour cream, and I knew I would have to make a slight adjustment. For each cup of sour cream, I found, use 14 T. buttermilk and 3 T. butter. So for my half recipe I needed 7 T. of buttermilk (I measured out 1/2 c. then removed a tablespoon) and an additional 1-1/2 T. of butter. I used slightly more bananas - 3/4 c. for the half recipe. I also used a tried and true mixing technique I was more comfortable with - cream the sugar and butter well, add the egg(s) and vanilla, and finally the bananas. Add the flour mixture alternately in thirds with the sour cream (buttermilk), beginning and ending with the flour. I knew bars this good deserved a homemade cream cheese frosting: 1/2 c. butter, 8 oz. pkg. cream cheese, 1 tsp. vanilla, 4 c. powdered sugar (I made half this recipe) These are moist and cake-like, but be sure not to over bake if you want them this way! I found 17-18 minutes perfect for my sized pan. Pleasantly sweet and full of banana flavor; a delicious home-spun dessert.
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Holy moly are these things awesome good! I did modify a little, but the things I did were not...