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Blueberry Banana Bread

1 Jun

I had this overpowering craving for banana bread last week and ran across a recipe that includes blueberries. After being on the receiving end of baked goodness recently that included blueberries (thank you S), I was in the mood for more and excited to try this combo. It was the perfect match of sweet fruit and the bread itself was moist and perfectly done. I typically do smaller bread pans when making any kind of banana bread to ensure an even bake. This recipe turned out four mini loaves that were perfect for sharing.

Blueberry Banana Bread
makes 4 small loaves/adapted from this recipe

Here’s what I used:

  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 large bananas, mashed
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries

Here’s what I did:

  1. Mix together butter and sugar.
  2. Beat in eggs.
  3. Add in mashed bananas.
  4. Stir together flour, baking soda and salt (reserve 2 tablespoons of flour to coat blueberries) in a separate bowl.
  5. Fold dry mixture into banana mixture and add vanilla.
  6. Coat blueberries with the 2 tablespoons of flour, and stir into batter.
  7. Add walnuts and mix to combine.
  8. Pour batter into 4 mini bread pans (spray pans with baking spray first).
  9. Bake at 325 degrees for about 50 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
  10. Cool completely before cutting.

Sugar! (oh, and lavender bread…)

11 Feb

So the handsome lavender holder above is my new kitten Sugar….he’s the sweetest thing around. Sugar spends his days jumping on every surface in my apartment, carrying around a green fuzzy mouse, and trying to nurse my 3 year old male cat. Sugar is cute, but oh so dumb.

Anyway, my dried lavender was making eyes at me the other night, so I decided to make a little lavender bread for my co-workers. I found a super easy recipe, and followed it pretty much word for word. You really can’t mess up a basic tea bread. It was a little on the dry side, but a thin layer of yogurt butter fixed it up nicely.

Lavender Bread
makes 1 loaf / adapted from this recipe

Here’s what I used:

  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons dried lavender (the recipe called for fresh, but ‘tevs)
  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Here’s what I did:

  1. Heat the milk and lavender together in a small saucepan on medium. Get the mixture to a simmer, and then remove from heat to cool.
  2. Cream together the butter and sugar until smooth, then add eggs and beat until light and fluffy.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  4. Mix the dry ingredients into the butter mixture alternately with the milk/lavender until just incorporated.
  5. Pour batter into a 9″ x 5″ greased bread pan and bake at 325 degrees for about an hour.
  6. Cool bread on a wire rack and then eat it!