Can you keep a secret? Of course you can…..
I made this bread for my dad.:)
I miss him and my mom…..they’re in Oregon, staying cool while the posse and I are broiling here in Vegas ~ where the high today was 114 degrees….
But it’s dry heat…
Yeah…so is an oven but you don’t see me hanging out in there!
Anyway, he’s feeling a bit left out with all the delicious breads I’ve been making lately, as none of them have made their way over to his house. So I decided to bake this up and have it ready for when I see him again. Which hopefully will be really soon. 🙂
Banana bread with fresh strawberries? Yes yes YES!! It was super easy to put together (as all quick breads must be) and the only change I made to the recipe was to use almond extract instead of vanilla.
For quality control purposes (yeah right), I tried a slice while photographing it…. and I have to admit to feeling a bit let down in the flavor department. It didn’t seem very “banana bread” like, and it was heavy and dense (sort of like me sometimes, ha!)……. perhaps it was baker error, looking back I think I added too much mashed fruit…
UPDATE: I tried another slice this morning, toasted… and while I’m still going to remake it before handing it over to my dad, it is very good and definitely worth trying again.
Fresh Strawberry Banana Bread – taken directly from Carrie’s Sweet Life (what a great blog title!)
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup mashed fresh strawberries (or frozen, I don’t think it really matters)
3/4 cup mashed banana
1 tsp. almond extract
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp. nutmeg
In a large mixing bowl, combine the eggs, sugar, strawberries, banana, vanilla and oil. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed for two minutes. In a small bowl, combine the remaining ingredients. Gradually add the flour mixture to the batter, beating just until combined.
Pour batter into a greased loaf pan. Bake at 350for 45 minutes. Bread is done when a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.