Thursday, February 24, 2011

National Banana Bread Day

So we're a little behind on the national food days, and I had planned on doing more, but it's a whole lot more time consuming then I realized. I didn't want to make just plain old banana bread, so I went with Blueberry Banana Bread. I adapted the recipe from Amy's Bread in New York. I loved this bread, because you get a taste of blueberry, then banana and it's SO moist! Here's what you need for the bread
Eggs, oil, milk, oats, flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, vanilla, sugar, ripe bananas, and blueberries. Whisk together eggs, oil, and some of the milk; set aside
In a separate bowl, mix together the remaining milk and oats; set aside
In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt
Pour egg mixture and vanilla over the flour mixture
Fold in until just moist
In a small, separate bowl mash the bananas
Add mashed bananas, blueberries, and oat mixture to the batter
Gently fold in until completely combined
Pour into two greased loaf pans
Bake and cool in pans about 5 minutes
Then take out of the pans and cool completely on a wire rack. I was so excited the loaves puffed up and cracked on the top. I've always known bread is supposed to do that, but I've never made bread that does that like I want it to. Here's the inside of the bread
I read some reviews that this bread wasn't that sweet so I added some sugar to the batter and on the top of one of the loaves.. and I liked it the best, but that's up to you! 

Blueberry Banana Bread
5 large eggs
3/4 cup plus 3 Tbs. vegetable oil
1 1/4 cup plus 2 Tbs. milk
1 3/4 cup old fashioned oats
4 1/8 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 Tbs. plus 2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. baking soda
2 cups ripe mashed bananas
3 cups fresh blueberries

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, oil, and 1/4 cup plus 2 Tbs of the milk; set aside. In a separate bowl, pour the remaining 1 cup of milk over the oats and soak for 5 minutes. In a very large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda. Pour the egg mixture and vanilla onto the dry ingredients and stir until partially moistened. Add the oat mixture, bananas, and blueberries. Gently fold together until just combined. Divide the batter evenly into 2 greased loaf pans.  Bake for 10 minutes, then reduce the temperature to 350 degress and bake for 45 to 50 more minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the middle of a loaf. Let the loaves cool in the pans for 5 minutes, then turn out of the pans and place on a wire rack until completely cool. Slice and enjoy!

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