Wanting to bring something sweet for a coworkers birthday, Sarah asked about the possibility of whipping something up. Does she know me or what; who am I to turn down the chance to bake. 😉 So simple, and almost always delicious. Banana bread is, I dare say, probably the most popular quick bread in North America. Now of course I can’t verify the accuracy of that statement (don’t believe everything you read on the web), but what other fruit do people have in such over-ripe quantities? Apricots – nope, Pears – nope, Zucchini – maybe in the fall, certainly not year round.
What started as a standard banana bread recipe, has evolved into one that includes peanut butter. With people adding all sorts of things to their banana bread, from nuts to chocolate to blueberries, why not mix in some PB. Plus, they work together so well anyway. I mean, who doesn’t love a peanut butter and banana sandwich? The recipe is simple, including butter, eggs, sugar, flour, baking soda, baking baking powder, and milk. The biggest trick, as with all quick breads, is not to over mix the batter. By going easy on the mix, you only build a small amount of gluten in the flour which helps to yield soft and pillowy results. The bread is good at room temperature, but even better if you can serve it warm with a scoop of ice cream!
Peanut Butter Banana Bread
75g Peanut butter
3 Medium mashed ripe bananas
1 tbsp Vegetable Oil
125 ml Milk
1 tsp Baking Soda
3 tsp Baking Powder
Powdered sugar for dusting
Whisk together in a large bowl the eggs, butter, peanut butter and sugar.
Fold in the squashed banana and oil.
In a separate bowl, combine milk and baking soda.
In another bowl, the flour with the baking powder.
Add parts of the milk mixture alternating with parts of the flour mix, until everything is combined.
Pour into bundt pan, which has been sprayed and dusted with flour.
Bake 45 minutes (until toothpick comes out clean). Cool for another 15 minutes in pan.
Remove and cool on wire rack.
Dust with sugar.
*Can also be used for muffins, just reduce the time.