Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

When Life Gives You Brown Bananas . . . .

Make Banana Bread!

We try not to buy too many bananas at a time but sometimes, our purchases get ahead of our consumption. We are then left with bananas starting to go brown and get soft.

Although we don't often buy bananas with the intent of baking with them, when we do find bananas a tad too ripe for eating, it's simple to make up a batch of banana bread.

This is a favorite recipe and it's easy and the ingredients simple and as we always keep nuts in the freezer, everything is always on hand to make these tasty loaves. We like, too, that the recipe makes two loaves -- one to enjoy now and one to freeze for later afternoon teas.
Anything looks good on a blue and white plate and I like the hominess of this bread against the pattern of the transferware.

This recipe came from a well-known bed and breakfast in Kansas City -- Southmoreland on The Plaza. Some think it's Kansas City's premier bed and breakfast.


4 eggs
1 cup butter, softened
4 ripe bananas
1 1/2 c. sugar
3 1/2 c. flour
1 t. baking powder
1 1/2 t. baking soda
1 c. chopped walnuts or pecans

Preheat oven to 350. Combine egg, butter and ripe bananas together in a blender. In a large mixing bowl sift together flour, sugar and baking powder. Fold in the blended wet ingredients. Add nuts and pour the mixture into two greased bread pans. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes. Start the toothpick test at 50 minutes and repeat at 3 minute intervals.

Makes 2 loaves

It's Monday and time for Blue Monday with Smiling Sally. Please see what other blues there are this Monday.


Pondside said...

Thanks, Martha. I'll give this a try. I have a great recipe, but it only makes one loaf. I like the idea of twice the output from one effort!

GardenOfDaisies said...

Thanks for sharing this Southmoreland recipe! I love banana bread! And I really love your blue transferware platter too!

Unknown said...

I just happen to have some bananas that are too ripe to eat... I think I'll put them to good use tomorrow... But I will be adding macadamia nuts cause they are all I have at the moment... I hope it won't make it too rich. Your loaf came out beautiful!


Martha said...

Rainey -- I use whatever nuts I have on hand as well -- I think the macadamias would be splendid!

SmilingSally said...

It looks extra yummy on that blue and white plate.

Happy Blue Monday, Martha.

house things said...

Yum. Looks great. Thanks for the recipe.

Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

My husband loves banana bread. But, I also throw brown bananas into the freezer and make banana smoothies out of them in the summer.

Carol said...

The bread looks so yummy and the double loaf recipe is a saver for sure.
Hope you're feeling better every day!

Bernideen said...

Hi Martha: I made 2 last Thursday night after I saw a bunch of very dark ones on the counter! Always yummy!

Kim, USA said...

That's what I do too when we have two or more ripe bananas and hubby love it so why not bake it. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Happy Tuesday!

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Ann - Making Fun Family Memories with Childrens Tea Sets said...

Ohhh Yummy! And such a lovely blue plate! A delightful Blue Monday!

Lottie said...

Thank you for the great recipe! It looks wonderful! Can't wait to bake a couple of loaves. Hope your recovery is going well!

BumbleVee said...

I usually freeze my browning bananas too.... then, just thaw, chop off the end...and squeeze into the batter.... but....can you believe I actually don't have any in the freezer at the moment? How could I run out of overripe bananas? acckk!!

One must always have bananas on hand to make banana loaves...or banana chocolate chip muffins, or banana cranberry muffins..or...well, you know what I'm on about... they are a must have!

Pam of Eastlake Victorian said...


Well, after I talked about this recipe, my husband just had to try it. So last week he made 2 loaves, and we've been in heaven ever since! This has replaced my old banana bread recipe. Thank you for posting this one!