I'm guessing from all the emails I got about last week's recipe that you liked black beans and rice. I'm so glad! It is awfully tasty.
Let's switch gears to something sweeter this week. I've been on a mission for a while to find a really good banana bread recipe. When I was living in New York, my supervisor at Lincoln Center made THE BEST banana nut bread I've ever had. One of the people who worked with us was on a diet and always yelled at him when he brought it in, so he started sneaking it to me. I'd open a desk drawer one day and find a loaf. And then I'd go to a dark corner backstage and eat the entire thing. This recipe is as close to his as I can seem to get.
Right about now, many of you are going "Hey, doofus, why don't you email him for his recipe?" I tried. I begged for the recipe the entire time we worked together. It's apparently a family secret with some sort of lucious secret ingredient and he won't give it to anyone. Boo. This one's awfully good, though. I'm going to keep experimenting with it to try and figure out the secret ingredient. Have it with your coffee for breakfast, for a hearty afternoon snack or with a little ice cream for dessert.
BANANA BREAD (Makes 2 loaves)
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 large ripe bananas, peeled
2 large eggs
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
3/4 cup chopped walnuts (can be omitted)
Confectioners' sugar for dusting (optional)
Heat oven to 350. Coat two loaf pans with non-stick cooking spray and set aside. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Make a well in the center. Mash bananas in a medium-sized bowl. Add eggs, sugar and butter and beat until fairly smooth. Pour banana mixture into the well in dry ingredients and stir until just blended. Fold in walnuts, then divide batter evenly between two loaf pans. Bake loaves at 350 for 35 minutes, until browned and when top springs back when gently pressed. Remove to wire rack for cooling. Dust with confectioners' sugar if desired. Slice and serve. Excellent with fresh strawberries!
NOTE: If you omit the nuts, this is a very toddler-friendly recipe! What kid doesn't love bread and bananas?
Enjoy and have a great weekend!