Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Buttermilk Banana Bread

My husband devoured this bread.

I loved it too.
I think it's the buttermilk—my new favorite ingredient. Don't ask me how, but it adds a hint of tartness, sweetness, and creaminess all at once.

This recipe is from yet another awesome food blog, My Kitchen Cafe. (Thanks, Melanie!) I've never tried a light variety of banana bread like this one, but now we can't get enough. It has a milder banana taste than some banana breads, and the crust is buttery deliciousness.

I substituted 3 tablespoons of applesauce for 3 (out of 8) tablespoons of butter, and I honestly couldn't tell. (The last time I made this recipe I didn't make the substitution, so I do have something to compare it to, by the way.)

Buttermilk Banana Bread
From My Kitchen Cafe

1/2 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs, well beaten
1 cup mashed bananas (About 3 average-sized bananas)
4 tablespoons buttermilk
1 3/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
dash baking soda

Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, bananas, buttermilk, and vanilla. In another bowl, combine the dry ingredients. Add dry ingredients to the wet mixture. Mix until combined. Poor batter into a greased and floured bread pan and bake at 350 degrees for 50-55 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Remove the loaf immediately and let cool on a wire rack.

It's bread is fantastic as is, but for a sweet twist, I added a buttermilk glaze. Mmmm!

Buttermilk Glaze
Start with 1 cup powdered sugar and 3 Tablespoons buttermilk. Whisk to combine. Add a 1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla, depending on your preference. You may have to add more buttermilk or sugar until you get a good consistency.


Rachel said...

Oh my gosh, I wish I could eat that right now. I'm definitely going to make this, sooner rather than later. You are amazing!

Mary B said...

Hey! I just copied and pasted 7 pages worth of recipes into a word doc. They're printing right now, and I'm excited to get COOKING! I'll let you know how everything turns out!

Melanie said...

Your pictures are fabulous. And I LOVE the glaze idea!

K said...

Robyn brought this bread to our RS meeting last night and it is sooo delicious! The glaze gives it that extra punch to make the bread over the top good! I'll be making it for Tom this weekend. (o:

Malerie said...

Martha Stewart makes a buttermilk banana bread and I fell in love with the ingredient buttermilk, too. so moist. But Martha didn't have the glaze...definitely trying this :)