Post # 190 Kitchen Sink Bread

November 11, 2013 at 11:07 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Post # 190 Kitchen Sink Bread

Yeah, okay, what the heck is that, huh?  It’s a quick bread, and it’s a variation of Banana Bread.  But because it’s me, I just couldn’t leave it alone, right?  I found a recipe for banana bread that was the simplest I’ve ever seen so I figured I had to try it sometime.  Yesterday was that time.

FiL and I have been eating bananas like crazy lately.  I’ve been eating literally two every day.  I like bananas.  A lot!  But by yesterday, I was sick to death of them.  FiL, who wasn’t really eating them much, teased me saying I still had two to go.  So I said, no I’m gonna make banana bread.  We had a guest this weekend and I was making pot roast and figured the banana bread would be good.

Inevitably, when I get a hold of a recipe, it suffers.  I substitute and add and reformat and deconstruct and update.  (see what I did there?  that’s called talent!)  So, I was talking to everyone about the banana bread at breakfast, and I remembered we had three medium sized Gala apples.  I bought six, two for each, but I’m the only person eating them.  They’re good, but one bite of apple goes a long way for me.  I flashed on adding small apple chunks to the banana bread to give a good sweet tang.  Then partner/spouse asked for chocolate chips.  Then I thought about adding nuts, then sunflower seeds, then . . . . well, you see where it went.  I ended up with banana bread that had a ton of other items added to it.  The best part was that they were items I had on hand and wanted to use.  Partner/spouse dubbed it Kitchen Sink Bread, and here’s how it’s done.

Preheat your oven to 350.  Take two large ripe bananas, or 3-4 small ripe bananas and mash them into a bowl.  When I do this, I do it by hand so there’s mashed banana goo and banana chunks.  Mash them any way you like.  Add 1/3 cup of melted butter and mixed well.  Add one cup of sugar, one slightly beaten egg, and 1 tsp good vanilla.  Blend well.  Then sprinkle 1 tsp of baking soda, and one pinch of salt over the top of the mix and let set for about a minute.  Stir the mix well, then add all your kitchen sink ingredients.  For this example, I put in the apple chunks.  I peeled the apple and cut off the top and the bottom.  Then I sliced it into 1/2 inch slices.  I cored the slices then diced them into quarter inch chunks.  I didn’t want huge apple chunk.  So those went into the batter along with a quarter cup of sunflower seeds, a quarter cup of chopped nuts, and a quarter cup of mini chocolate chips.  I use the mini chips because I can use half the amount and still get a big chocolate taste.  I mixed all this into the batter.  Then fold in one and a half cups of all purpose flour.  Don’t over mix, but make certain all the flour is incorporated and there’s no lumps.  Pour the batter into a prepare loaf pan and bake for one hour.  Cool that sucker and eat.  Really good stuff.

Here’s a picture:

kitchen sink bread

It’s the easiest banana bread I’ve ever made, and it’s incredibly moist.  It’s tender, and has a great banana taste.  It’s not too dense, but it has substance to it.  Good stuff!



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