Friday, February 1, 2008

Banana Bread a la Food Processor

I acquired this yummy recipe from a class I took 25 years ago, when Cuisinart introduced their food processor. Very easy and quick to make, besides being delicious, it has been a staple in my recipe box ever since.

  • 2 very ripe medium sized bananas, peeled and cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 TBLS. lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds or slightly chopped pecans(can toast the pecans too)
  • 1 3/4 cups unbleached flour(I use King Arthur or Pillsbury)
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine(I use butter) at room temperature, cut into 8 pieces
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Fit processor with steel blade. Place bananas and lemon juice in work bowl and process until bananas are mashed, about 5 seconds. Add 1/4 cup of the nuts, and all remaining ingredients to banana mixture. Process on/off 10 to 12 times, or until flour is moistened well. Do not overprocess. Batter should be slightly lumpy. Pour batter into greased 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 or 9x5 loaf pan. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup nuts(chopped) over batter. Bake until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean, 55 to 60 minutes. Cool bread 15 minutes in pan. Remove from pan and finish cooling on wire rack. Cut a warm piece, savor and enjoy!