Banana Anna Banana

Ahhh, when last we parted I was about to try a new banana bread recipe. I looooove bananas. It’s no surprise really — I grew up as Anna Banana, so how could I not love them?

Anyway, the banana recipe was a success, so I thought I’d share the recipe with you.  (Ok fine.  I have selfish reasons for posting too — this way I won’t have to search through all of my banana bread recipes again, wondering which one I liked.)

But wait! While we’re in the kitchen, I thought you might like to see the cute new twine holder I got today!

Thimbleanna: Twine Bird

Lisa had a really fun post on twine the other day and her cute little birdy twine holder caught my eye. Lisa kindly gave me a link and when I clicked over, it accidentally fell into my basket. I love birdies … I love twine … it was meant to be.   I think it looks pretty cute on my kitchen counter.

Anyway, back to the banana bread. Banana bread is one of those things where everyone has their own favorite recipe. I’ve tried a lot of recipes over the years with varying degrees of success. I tend to lean toward recipes with sour cream or yogurt, but lately, I’ve had trouble with them — they never seem to get done in the middle.  I found the recipe I used the other day in a cookbook I’ve had lying around for years.  It’s a little different — a LOT of bananas, no sour cream or yogurt, and a tinch (that’s a teeny bit) of orange.  It’s a very subtle orange flavor and it’s  a really nice touch in this banana bread.  Plus, it uses cake flour instead of regular flour, which gives it  a pretty tender crumb.

Thimbleanna: Banana Bread

Banana Bread

2 cups sugar
1 cup butter, room temperature
6 very ripe medium bananas, peeled and mashed
4 eggs, well beaten
1 Tbsp fresh orange juice
2 tsp freshly grated orange zest
2 1/2 cups cake flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 1/4 cups chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cream sugar and butter until light. Add bananas, eggs, orange juice, and zest. Mix well. Sift together dry ingredients and fold into the banana mixture. Divide between two greased 9 x 5 – inch loaf pans. Bake for 45 – 50 minutes *, until firm in the middle.

Cool the loaves on wire rack for 1/2 hour before you remove them from the pans.

And the best part is that it makes 2 loaves — 1 for you and one to give away!

Thimbleanna: Banana Bread

Have a good weekend!

*After 50 minutes, my banana bread was still too moist in the middle so I set the timer for 10 more minutes. That turned out to be too long, as you can tell from the pictures — the banana bread is a little too done on the outside (it was still really good though). Five more minutes would have been perfect!

22 Thoughts on “Banana Anna Banana

  1. Fruit and nut breads are just the best as far as I’m concerned. I could go for some of that one you’ve just made. ;) Looks really good I like the birdy twine holder, too. Cuteness. Lots of it.
    Thanks for the recipe. I’m going to try it. Later. Only have two bananas at the moment.

  2. I was Anna Banana in my youth as well. I wonder if everyone called Anne or Anna was? Probably! :oD

    Your banana bread looks delicious. Warm … spread with butter … yum yum yum! :o)

  3. the recipe sound so good. I will have to give it a try. I do love banana bread

  4. What an adorable little twine holder!!! And the Anna banana bread looks and sounds SOOOOO good. I wish I had a slice right now. I’m picking up bananas today to let ripen to make some. As always, than you so much for sharing!!!

  5. Love Banana bread this recipe looks good, I like the idea of the orange zest.
    The loaf looks so cute wrapped with the bakery twine :)
    super super cute twine spool and scissors – yes, I’m jealous

  6. Enjoyed this post a lot. :)

  7. Looks yummy! My favorite recipe uses cream cheese but the orange in this sounds good too! It never fails that I buy bananas and some get too ripe before they are all gone. I just stick them in the freezer, peeling and all to use later, so I almost always have some for baking!

  8. Mmmm… we all love banana bread here, too. My go to recipe is the one from Starbucks, and I always add extra bananas. I just made one last week – only in a tube pan. It had to bake 10 minutes longer than recipe called for, but it came out moist and delicious! I would love to try this recipe with a hint or orange. Mmmm…

  9. What do you mean, one to give away?! It would be one for me …… and the other one for me!!!
    When we lived in Indonesia, our maid made a very good banana bread!

  10. jill reid on October 25, 2013 at 1:58 pm said:

    Too, too cute…the twine holder. I am always searching for that blasted ball of twine when it comes time to bundle the magazines for recycling. Yours would be decorative as well as useful! How Martha! And…my dear…is that an adorable glass jar full of cupcake papers next to it? Does the cuteness ever end?

  11. That sounds – and looks! – like a yummy recipe. Must give it a try – I love bananas too!! And as for your birdy string holder……swoon!

  12. The title to your post really caught my eye. It immediately made me think of Rosanne Rosannadanna (remember her from Saturday Night Live — Gilda Radner?). Anyway, I love me some banana bread, but I cannot use any other BB recipe but my mom’s. I think it’s the best.

  13. I was Annie Banannie growing up. Gotta love those nicknames. The bread looks wonderful (minus the walnuts…allergies). Feels weird not being at market, huh?

  14. Banana Anna Banana Bread sounds delish! We have company coming in a couple of weeks and they love fruit/nut bread for breakfast..this will be on the breakfast table. Thank you!

  15. It looks yummy! Thank you for sharing your recipe … my lot will love this :)

  16. The twine holder is adorable! I will be trying that banana bread recipe! As these days continue to get colder, with frost on car windows first thing in the morning, warm bread sounds extra good!

  17. I LOVE banana bread! Thank you for sharing the recipe! And your twine holder is adorable!

  18. Confession time…. I HATE bananas. Hate their smell, flavor and texture but I love banana bread. Go figure. I will give this recipe a try!

  19. That sounds like a good babanana bread recipe… I’ll be trying that!

  20. Love your new twine holder, looks antique!
    And thank you for the recipe, will try it over the weekend but not sure I will share the second loaf LOL

  21. I want some banana bread!

  22. Hi Anna, so glad the little bird string dispenser “fell” into your cart. You’ll love it and it looks adorable on your counter.

    I was browsing your the quilts in your latest posts and ooh-la-la. What beautiful, intricate piecing. I have so many quilt projects I need to get back to. Hopefully soon.

    Have a nice weekend.

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