Banana Bread With A Twist

Its Friday, and I have no plans. This means its time to experiment in the kitchen.

I have had a bunch of brown speckled bananas just sitting around my apartment waiting for there moment to shine, well here is that moment! Today I’m making banana bread, but with a twist.

Banana bread is a classic baked good made to please. You walk through the front door and smell that sweet warm baked banana smell with a hint of cinnamon just tickling the back of your nose and its welcoming. Having a warm luscious baked good scent when you walk into someone’s home is like having a hug from a loved one envelope all of your senses, and it makes you feel so good you don’t want to leave! If you don’t want someone to leave keep baking! People can be easily persuaded through wonderful smells, take Hansel and Gretel, for example, they were almost lured to there deaths because of sweets. Now I’m not saying this is my plan, but I’m not saying it isn’t.

Getting back to the bread I’m making you’re probably wondering what the “Twist” is.Well, I have made many a banana bread in my day and its all well and good, but sometimes you just need more life in your loaf. To give my bread some life I added some fresh blueberries and lemon juice to a basic banana bread recipe that I will share below.

1 cup granulated sugar

8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature

2 large eggs

3 ripe bananas

1 tablespoon milk

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

What I added was:

1 cup blueberries

2tbs lemon juice

I mixed all of my ingredients together.

The only thing to note is that its much easier to cream together butter and sugar while the butter is warm and mixable. Now normaly if you have a microwave you can pop your butter in there for 10-15 seconds, but if you don’t and your living like its 1200BC then you can make a double boiler or what I like to call a steam up. This way you can get your butter nice and gooey to mix. Just be careful it’s not to hot so when you add in your eggs they don’t scramble.

Over all this ended up being a success.

This blue banana lemon cake ended up just delightfull. Because of the added liquid from the lemon juice the bread consistancy changed to a cake consistancy. The results were spongy and sweet, the lemon gave it just enugh zest without being over powering to the mighty banana, which still sings its solo tune in this recipe. The blueberries gave this soloest a nice back up brigade of juicy goodness. Overall this is a fantastic summer sweet bread that you must try!

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