spiced banana-nut bread

So this is what it’s like to christen a blog, eh? I feel like we should pop a cork to celebrate. But, I guess a slice of bread will do for now. Come to think of it…it will do perfectly considering both the overly ripened bananas and a fresh-out-of-bed appetite I have at the moment. Plus, who doesn’t enjoy a tasty classic on a Monday morning? I certainly do. With a glass of milk, especially.

I searched for some recipes online, entertained the idea of adding sour cream to the mix, and even considered the option of drizzling a light avocado frosting on the top. But then I thought to myself, why fool around with a classic? Walnuts and spices are the way to go, just as mom and grandma used to make. This recipe is flavorful, moist, and most importantly, full of texture.

Banana Nut Bread

(makes 1 9×5 loaf)

3 or 4 ripe bananas

1/3 cup butter, melted

3/4 cup brown sugar

1 egg, beaten

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 tsp. baking soda

pinch of salt

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp. nutmeg

1/2 pinch of ground clove

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 + 1/3 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 325°F. In a medium-sized bowl, mash bananas with a potato masher. Add melted butter and mix. Stir in brown sugar, egg, and vanilla until combined. Next, sprinkle baking soda, salt, and spices. Mix thoroughly. Add flour and lastly, 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts. Finally, pour the batter into a greased 9x5in loaf pan and sprinkle the remaining 1/3 cup of walnuts on top. Bake for an hour and a half or until toothpick comes out clean. Serve warm with a glass of cold milk and enjoy.

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