May 10, 2010

Tart. Not Sweet.

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Monday a.m.

"How do they taste?" I asked.

"A little tart." He responded.

"Do you want some sugar?" I asked.

"No, that's okay. Do you want the rest? I can't eat them all." He said.

"Sure. I'll eat them." I said.

So, I puckered up. Tart strawberries alongside a generous slice of banana bread with peanut butter, and coffee with a touch of milk.

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We don't want to add sugar. We want sun sweetened strawberries that might take the farmer another day or two to get to market.

Sigh...

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Sunday a.m.

$5/quart

"Seriously? Look...They're all $5.00." I said, pointing to a different stand.

Roberto pulled out a five. With great hesitation I picked out a quart and handed it to the young woman.

"They'd sell more and there'd be less waste if they lowered the price. $2.50—$3.00." I said scowling.

"They're probably not even local." He said.

"I know." I said.

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Friday p.m.

Banana bread AGAIN. The recipe tweaked. Oil in lieu of butter. A heavy hand of chopped pecans. The result: moister, lighter, higher loaf.

"This tastes better. It's not as dry." I said.

"It is better." He said.

I smiled.

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Recipe: Banana Bread AGAIN

Preheat oven to 350°.

Combine the following dry ingredients in a separate bowl:
1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt

Cream together by hand or with a mixer:
1/3 cup canola oil
2/3 cup sugar
then add...
2 large eggs and mix
then add...
3 medium bananas (mashed) and mix

Add in dry ingredients, mixing until just blended.

Add in chopped pecans (as much as you like) and mix until just blended.

Pour mixture into a parchment lined non-stick 8"x4" loaf pan.

Bake for about an hour.

13 comments:

  1. Oh no! I know I have to fit into a little black dress for an upcoming wedding, but will I be able to resist that recipe?

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  2. I have sliced sweet ripe strawberries and put them on toast with cashew butter and it is a great combination.
    Having banana bread with peanut butter and fresh strawberries - now that is a decadent breakfast that I would love! Maybe I need to get baking....

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  3. Banana bread recipe looks delicious,strawberries and peanut butter....yum! I wish this was on my breakfast menu right now! :)
    I will have to give it a try....hope it will turn out moist, as my experience with banana bread recipes is on a rather dryish side.

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  4. Aren't tart strawberries so discouraging?!! It makes me sad just biting into one. Your "again" banana bread sounds just splendid though, and at least the strawberries LOOK pretty. :-)

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  5. Michele - This recipe is very forgiving. You could always freeze half. Half the temptation. :)

    E - I have thought about cashew butter recently. Need to put it on my grocery list. Great idea in lieu of peanut butter. Now I want toast with cashew butter. :)

    M. - The oil worked wonders. I would give it a try in lieu of butter next time. In fact, I can't wait for another batch of bananas to go black so I can bake another loaf. :)

    Tart - The strawberries certainly looked the part. It was discouraging though. Now I think I'll lay them to rest in the freezer. Come winter I'll entertain a strawberry tart, Tart. :)

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  6. Interesting---$5.00 a quart seems to be the going farmers market price!
    here as well for the local/organics...$4 for the "regulars"

    this month's Saveur ran a test of several banana bread recipes, comparing the virtues of butter vs. oil, among other things---their results were like yours---lighter, taller, mo' bettah

    great photos, Tracy

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  7. nancy - I'm going to have to pick up a copy of Saveur! Thank you :)

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  8. What tempting photography you have here. Bring on the banana bread again and again, and yet again, by all means.

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  9. mise - Thank you :) I will!

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  10. I love the way you tell stories in your blog. How lovely. Can't wait to read more!

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  11. lisa - Thank you so much. That made my day. :)

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  12. Can you possibly make too many banana breads? The answer is a resounding "Noooo"!
    Do you think olive oil would be a good substitute for the canola oil? Or would it be too heavy? Have you ever tried it?

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  13. magda - Funny you should ask. I made another one this morning with olive oil because we are out of canola. Haven't tasted it yet...will let you know.

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