You know those gross, brown bananas you shoved in the back of your fridge to make something with? This is that something. Yeah, I know, you have a favorite banana bread recipe that's "the best." This one is better. Because.....pumpkin.
I ripped the recipe from a magazine, but have no clue which one. It could have been a month ago, or five years ago. I recently went through my recipe stash to purge, and this one was saved. Thankfully.
Here's the recipe with my notes:
Makes 2 loaves
(I added pumpkin pie spice and nutmeg, to taste, and it made it deeeelicious.)
2 C sugar
1/3 C cooking oil
3 1/3 C all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon (I used quite a bit more)
1 tsp ground ginger
2/3 C water
1 15-oz can pumpkin
1/2 C mashed ripe bananas, about 1 large (I used 3 medium, so it came out to be a bit more)
3/4 C chopped pecans, toasted
Preheat oven to 350. Grease the bottom and sides of two 9 x 5 x 3-inch loaf pans; set aside.
In a bowl, beat sugar and oil with an electric mixer on medium until combined. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition.
In another bowl combine flour, baking soda, salt, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, pumpkin pie spice, and nutmeg. Alternately add flour mixture and water to the sugar mixture, beating after each addition. Beat in pumpkin and banana. Stir in pecans. Spoon batter into prepared pans.
Bake for 50 to 60 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted near centers comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes. Remove from pans and cool completely on wire racks.
I took one of the loaves to my sister's fall party. The other one stayed at home. With me. And my butter.
Perfect for breaking off big hunks for breakfast.
And a snack before dinner.
It would be a great bread for Christmas gifts.
You could bake it in little dollar store tins and package it up like the ones I did for teachers and neighbors last year.
Or, leave both loaves on the counter and eat a slice, or three, for every meal.
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