I guess I have a reputation now with Hubbardston Pack 12 Bear Den. Two weeks ago my Bear, Joseph, wanted to take snacks for a den meeting. He thought banana bread would be good so we made some and took it along with some homemade lemonade. What a hit! In all fairness, there was one boy who doesn’t like banana bread. I don’t blame him; I don’t like banana bread myself. Yesterday we had another den meeting and the den leader’s son asked if we could take banana bread again. I guess we’ll have to and remember to take something for the non-banana bread Bear.
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup butter (you can use up to one half applesauce)
- 2 eggs
- 1 1/2 cups massed ripe bananas (if you don’t have quite enough or don’t want to squish an entire banana for a smidge, replace with applesauce)
- 1/3 cup water
- 1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour (I usually make a double batch with whole wheat flour and use 3 cups)
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt (this is a recipe that if you forget the salt, people probably won’t complain)
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg (this is optional, of course)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease bottom only of a loaf pan. I usually use a cast iron dinosaur pan because I usually am making this stuff for children who love dinosaurs and/or don’t really care what it looks like. This is similar to using a cupcake pan. I spray the pan with non-stick spray and then put it in the oven while preheating.
- Mix sugar and butter (and applesauce, if you are using some). Stir in eggs until well-blended.
- Add bananas and water (I’m so used to writing H20 I sometimes forget how to spell water).
- Stir in remaining ingredients just until moistened. If you are using a stand mixer, make sure the stuff from the bottom has been mixed in well.
- If you are using a loaf pan, pour batter into the pan and bake until a wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. For an 8-inch pan, this will be about 75 minutes, for a 9-inch pan, about 55 or 60 minutes. Let cool 5 minutes, loosen sides from the pan, and remove from pan.
- If you are using cast iron, bake for about 20 minutes. Remove from pan immediately. If you’ve sprayed the heck out of the pan, there should be no problem with them just falling out. If they don’t seem to want to, kind of wiggle them to loosen them a bit.