Sunday, October 21, 2012

Peanut Butter Banana Bread

Peanut butter and bananas seem to be made to eat together.  So, I reasoned, would adding peanut butter to banana bread bring this same flavor to baking? (Nope!)  I did a little research and the recipes seem to be just banana bread with the addition of some amount of peanut butter. So I'll modify the recipe I have.  It called for 3 or 4 bananas but I only had two, so adding half a cup of peanut butter should about equal the missing banana.  The recipe is simple, mix the wet ingredients then add the dry. Preheat oven to 350º.

Peanut Butter Banana Bread

1/3 cup melted butter
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
2 ripe bananas mashed
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 cup flour
1 tsp baking soda
pinch of salt

Thoroughly mix ingredients and bake for one hour or until a toothpick in the center comes out clean. I use parchment paper in a bread pan, the bread comes out easily, cleanup is a breeze and the paper covers the base of the cake dome.

It fell a bit in the center when I took it out of the oven but it was cooked through so it wasn't a problem. The taste was neither the fruity taste of bananas nor the fatty taste of peanut butter or the richness of vanilla.  In watercolor painting if I use too many colors together it all turns to brown mud on the paper. That's sort of what happened with the peanut butter banana bread, the three competing flavors combined into an indistinguishable flavor that was neither good nor bad. Maybe leaving the vanilla out would be better but with this experience I would tend to not try this again.

Peanut butter banana bread slices buttered.

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