Saturday, August 30, 2008

  {Im a maniac, maniac thats for sure...}

It's Saturday night, so I am going wild and crazy and doing what every other wild crazy 24 year old is doing....

Yeah Baby! I'm BAKING BREAD!!! lol
This is a little wild and crazy for me, as I have been trained as a culinary chef, not a baker. But its always fun to try something new, right?
Plus I had a stack of bananas that were black and some zucchini that was going bad!

So I am going to wrap one of each loaf and take them to my sister tomorrow so I'm not tempted to eat two loafs of banana nut or zucchini bread!! (After all, I have lost 1.5 POUNDS!!!! YEAH!!)

So I wouldn't be a very good blogger if I didn't share the recipes with you, right! Have at it, let me know if you make them and what you think! :)

Banana Nut Bread:

(makes 1 loaf)
2 C. AP flour
1 tsp. baking SODA
1.4 tsp. salt
1.2 C. butter
3.4 C brown sugar (light)
2 eggs
about 3 over ripe bananas, mashed
1.2 C chopped walnuts

Make it:
1. Preheat oven to 350* degrees (see note). Spray loaf pan.

2. In large bowl, mix flour, baking soda, and salt. In separate bowl, cream together butter and brown sugar. Stir in eggs, mashed bananas,a nd nuts. Stir banana mixture into flour mixture just until moist. Do NOT over mix! Pour into loaf pan.

3. Bake about an hour or until done in middle.

Zucchini Bread:

(makes 2 loaves)
3 eggs
1 C. Veggie Oil (or applesauce)
2 C. sugar
2 C grated zucchini (no need to squeeze out the water!)
2 tsp. vanilla extract
3 C. AP flour
3 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. baking SODA
1/4 tsp. baking POWDER
1 tsp. salt
1/2 C chopped walnuts

Make it:
1. Preheat oven to 325* (see note) Spray down your loaf pan really well with non stick cooking spray. I don't flour mine, but if you must go right on ahead. I also like the cooking spray that has flour in it for something like this!

2. In large bowl, beat eggs until light and frothy. Mix in oil and sugar. Stir in zucchini and vanilla. In separate bowl, combine flour, cinnamon, baking soda and powder, salt, and nuts. (mix these well together so all of the ingredients are Incorporated into the entire bread) Mix the dry into the wet (I do this in 1/3's so it makes it a little easier to mix. But ONLY MIX until its just stirred together. Over mixing will make a brick bread!)

3. Pour batter into loaf pans and bake about an hour or until done in the center.

**NOTE: I baked both of these breads together on a 350 degree oven for an hour, and they both came out perfect! So if your going to make them together, 350 seemed to be the magic number.

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cara said...

Oh yummy.. I have some Zuccini in the veggie drawer that I need to make some bread out of~!
Thanks for the recipe!

ko said...

2 of my most favorite things...yummmmmm.......GOOD FOR YOU!! WAY TO GO! YOU ARE DOING GREAT WITH THAT AWESOME LOSS!!! WOO HOO!! GO NIKKI

Darlene said...

Morning Nikki,
Both of those look fabulous and the recipes sound easy enough. I am going to copy the recipes and try them. Have a great Sunday! said...

YUM! Banana bread is my favorite! I like to add a third cup of sour cream. It makes it SOOOO impossibly moist!

HeathahLee said...

I promise you that I could almost smell those loaves! Oh, those look soooooo good!

Shannon said...

I love to bake!! Banana bread is so good!

frillsfluffandtrucks said...

Congratulations on the weight loss. You're so good to give away your yummy bread!

~ Sarah

ko said...

tag your it!

Aunt Mimi's Creations! said...

Looks yummy! Congrats on your loss! I am also trying to eat healthy. Our family has a challenge going on. The first person who looses fifty pounds gets $50 from each person. There are 5 of us doing it. I so want to win!

Anonymous said...

yummy, yummy yummy. I can just smell the wonderful aroma of those breads, my 2 favourites, banana and zucchini.

Good choice to share with your sister. I know how it goes when something like that is left just for me at my place.

Yum! Thank you for sharing the recipe.

have a wonderful day!

momof3azkids said...

Yummy, yummy, yummy...I am a Banana bread junkie! Thanks for sharing your recipe.

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