Today's post is a two sided post. First I thought I'd share one of my most favorite recipes, my Great Aunt Rosie's banana bread recipe that I've adjusted just a touch (I can never leave a recipe alone, lol). We've been making this recipe since I was a little girl and it was the way we always used up the "icky" bananas that had gotten too ripe. By adding a cinnamon sugar topping before you bake it, it makes the yummiest crust, and I've been known to pick it off before eating the bread :D.
The second part of the post is to talk about mixingbowl.com. I love this site. Its a great place to find and share recipes and it has an added bonus of contests! Who doesn't love contest, and this is where I need your help! I've entered this banana bread recipe into The Best Banana Bread Challenge over there and to win you need to get people to vote for you. Your friends, your family, your third cousin twice removed, you get the picture. So if you could please head on over to www.mixingbowl.com and vote for Aunt Rosie's Cinnamon Banana Bread I would be forever grateful. While your there check out all of the great recipes and maybe enter yourself into on of the many contests they have!
Aunt Rosie's Cinnamon Banana Bread
1/2c. butter or margarine
1 c. sugar, (I usually use brown sugar instead)
1 c. ripe banana, mashed (approx. 3 medium)
1 tsp vanilla
2 c. flour
1 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup milk + 1/2 tbsp vinegar or 1/2 cup buttermilk
1 tsp cinnamon (this wasn't in her recipe I just like it, and its optional)
Cinnamon sugar topping (optional)
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup sugar
If making your own buttermilk put 1/2 tbsp vinegar in 1/2 cup measuring cup and fill the rest of the way with milk, set aside.
Cream together butter and sugar. Add in mashed banana, egg, and vanilla and mix until combined. Sift together flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Mixing the rest of the way by hand, add half of dry ingredients and mix and then half of the milk and mix. Do the same with the other half of dry and wet. Do not over mix!
Evenly divide batter into loaf pans or muffin tins.
Combine the 1 tsp cinnamon and 1/4 cup sugar and
sprinkle top of loafs or muffins generously with cinnamon sugar before baking.
Bake at 350F. For loaves bake for 50-55 minutes or muffins 25-30 minutes or until knife comes out clean.