Friday, June 10, 2011

Cookbook Challenge Goes Bananas

A quick return to the Cookbook Challenge was inspired by several overripe bananas....when one faces banana mush; one makes banana bread. I wasn't thrilled with the idea of baking in the oppressive humidity but the result was worth it. This recipe comes from, of all places, The Philadelphia Cream Cheese cookbook. It was quite easy and we added chocolate chips in place of chopped nuts. This is Cookbook Challenge #62. Here ya go:

Favorite Banana Bread

1 8-oz. package Philadelphia Cream Cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup Parkay margarine (we used butter, softened)
1 cup mashed ripe banana
2 eggs
2 1/4 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup chopped nuts

Combine cream cheese, sugar and margarine, mixing well until blended. Blend in banana and eggs. Add combined remaining ingredients , mixing just until moistened. Pour into greased and floured 9x5 inch loaf pan. Bake at 350, 1 hour and 10 minutes or until wooden pick inserted into the middle comes out clean. Cool 5 minutes; remove from pan. Serve with additional cream cheese, if desired.

P.S. Keith made some killer salsa this week with the simplest but freshest of ingredients, utilizing tomatoes, onions and cilantro he'd gotten from the Excelsior Springs Farmers Market. Toss in some fresh lime juice and a couple of spices and it's a beauty. You go, K-Man.


The Everyday Foodie said...

Sounds good! I tried my first vegan banana bread a few weeks ago. It was really dense but surprisingly good! I think I might be able to fix it though with some vital wheat gluten, which we have been experimenting with.

Kelly Berkey said...

Yummy! Hubby is a master at banana bread..will have to bring a loaf with me next time I'm's amazing!

Do me a favor when you can, the retreat blog is almost finished...just waiting on Kathleen to get her 'isms' on there...light a fire under her arse and help her log in and get it done! Email me if you want the login...I'd greatly appreciate and help/advice you could give me:-)

Lisa Mandina said...

Yummy! I still think you need to bring in some of these treats to the store to share. :-)

Confounded Cook said...

Lisa, I do and will as I get braver with the treats

Kelley, Art Crawl was frickin' amazing tonight and we want you here now. That said, I'm meeting with her and Molly tomorrow on the "isms".

Kara, I miss your face. Let me know when you perfect the vegan bread and I'll give it a whirl.

Confounded Cook said...

Kelly, I'm a moron and spelled it Kelley. Apologies.

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