We've spent our weekend glued to the TV, watching the Olympics and cheering on our men's hockey team as they took the gold medal in Sochi. With the wind howling outside and sending us a pile of snow, baking and hibernating seems like the thing to do. When you're holed up inside to stay warm and dry, nibbling on banana bread is a great treat, especially for breakfast!
A few weeks ago, Kraft sent me a lovely treat in the mail; chocolate flavoured peanut butter! I'm not much of a fan of chocolate in the morning on my toast, but as an afternoon treat on banana bread? Oh my goodness. With snow lightly falling outside it just seemed like a great idea to whip up a batch of banana bread with the bit of leftover sour cream I had kicking around my fridge. Once it was cooled, thick sliced pieces slathered with the chocolate peanut butter made a wonderful afternoon snack.
Banana bread is really easy to make-I actually have a few recipes here on Chasing Tomatoes, from a healthier one to one paired up with carrots, and another with big chocolate chunks. Sour cream makes this basic version moist and a bit tangy.
2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs, room temperature
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp vanilla
4 very ripe bananas, mashed
1/2 cup sour cream
Pre-heat the oven to 350 F.
Slather the inside of a 9x5 inch loaf pan with butter, and then dust with a bit of flour. Set aside.
In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the sugar, oil, and vanilla until well blended. Add the bananas and sour cream, whisking until combined. Set aside.
In another bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, salt, baking soda, and cinnamon so the mixture is well blended and there's no lumps. Stir into the banana mixture until just combined.
Scrape the batter into the prepared loaf pan, smoothing the top. Bake in the middle of the oven for about an hour or until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean.
Let the loaf cool before slicing.
Makes one loaf, 10 slices
Adapted from Chow