Monday, September 24, 2007

A bit of a healthier banana bread recipe
--Banana Bran Bread

Banana Bran Bread
Best Recipes From The Backs of Boxes, Bottles, Cans and Jars Copyright 1979, 1981, 1982

1/3 cup shortening
2/3 cup honey
¾ cup Elam’s Bran
1 cup ripe banana pulp
1½ cups all-purpose flour
2¼ tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. salt

Thoroughly blend the first five ingredients in a bowl. Sift together and add flour, baking powder and salt. Pour into a greased 8 ½ x 4 ½ x 2 ½ -inch loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 1 hour, until done. Cool on wire rack. Makes 1 loaf.

I'd like to have something more exciting than this to show you on a Monday but I didn't get any cooking done this weekend. I wanted to cook but sometimes other chores have to come first. This bread was from last weekend when I had a few bananas to use up. I always have plenty of honey (I can't resist the big bottle from Costco) and wheat bran is a staple here too.

The honey gave this a bit of a different taste than something sweetened with sugar. At first I wasn't used to it but it grew on me. I froze this right away, in slices, since I was afraid it might dry out. I'm not sure if a baked good with bran is actually any drier than usual but that's my perception, right or wrong.

This cookbook has been around for a long time. I think an old roommate might have owned it. It's very familiar but it wasn't one that my mother had (she has a 'brand name' cookbook but not this one). I don't know why it's taken me so long to buy this. I think I'll be trying quite a few recipes from this book.

Blast From The Past: Sour Cream Corn Bread from January 2007. Yikes! I just pulled out the rest of this from the freezer to use in a recipe tomorrow. That's probably a bit longer than recommended to keep a baked good frozen but it looked fine.

Question of the Day: Do you freeze baked goods? How long do you feel a baked good lasts in the freezer?


Anonymous said...

I freeze my baked items esp. banana nut bread, it usually does ok for a couple of months after that I don't use it.

Your bran bread looks delicious!!

:) Bren

ThursdayNext said...

Not usually, except for birthday cake or muffins...

Anonymous said...

Only once, at Christmas, I made and froze mini loaves to give away. Other than that, anything I make is eaten too quickly.


Anonymous said...

No, I don't freeze any baked goods. Whatever doesn't get eaten around here in a reasonable amount of time either goes to work with my husband or in the trash.

Unknown said...

Mmmm...looks yummy! I sometimes don't care for the honey-sweetened flavor either. I don't usually freeze stuff at MY house b/c my freezer is tiny...but at my parents' where there is a separate freezer, I would. They keep best for a few months, but I've kept them for up to 6 months. said...

It can't really have success, I suppose like this.

Anonymous said...

I think I have this same recipe, BUT mine uses 2 eggs.