Monday, August 29, 2005

Banana-Blueberry-Lemon Bread ©

This is a quick and easy treat for a Sunday morning brunch, or simply a mid-morning snack with a cup of steaming hot coffee or tea.


1 Cup Sugar
1 Stick butter softened
2 VERY ripe bananas mashed
2 beaten eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/4 cups AP flour
1 tsp Baking soda
1 Cup walnut(*) flour (NOT walnut meal)
1/4 cup mini lemon bits
1/4 cup mini chocolate bits
1 Cup blueberries (frozen or dried are ok pre-soaked)
Cinnamon and sugar mixture.

Cream butter and sugar. Add beaten eggs, flours, baking soda, mashed bananas. Blend well with a hand mixer with beaters. Pour batter in a buttered/sugared or floured loaf pan. Sprinkle the cinnamon mix over the top of the batter. Bake in pre-heated oven at 325 degree oven for 1 hour and 15-20 minutes, or unitl a toothpick or metal skewer comes out clean and dry.

Walnut Flour(*)

Spread in a single layer on a cookie sheet, one pound of shelled walnuts. Be sure there are no shell pieces mixed in. Roast walnuts in a 500-550 degree oven until they have turned a nice dark color, but NOT burned (about 20-minutes)

Let the nuts cool completely, then put small batches in a coffee bean grinder and grind into a fine powder. Once the entire batch has been ground, spread out on a cookie tray and place back in a 350 degree oven until very dry. Watch carefully because they can easily burn at this stage.

What you will get as an end result is a dark loaf of delicious banana bread with a multitude of complimentary tastes.