I love all my fellow bloggers out there. However, some days when I am attempting to eat healthy and I am reading through my feeds, all the cream based pastas and soups, cookies, brownies, pies and other delicious snacks are… distracting.
So I have been reading all these fabulous healthy blogs along with my usual reading list and it has been giving me good healthy cooking ideas. It has also introduced me to a new blogger event – the Blogger Secret Ingredient. Since this week it is cranberries and I had like a dozen bananas in my freezer I decided to try this recipe from The Bread Bible. However I tried to make it a little healthier with a few additions and substitutions.
It came out really, really well, next time I might even add a bit more whole wheat flour and less butter, but you really don’t need to change a thing. It certainly didn’t taste “healthy”.
[print_this]Cranberry Banana Walnut Bread
(makes 2 loafs)
400 grams all purpose flour
50 grams oatmeal
85 grams whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons salt
225 grams butter, softened
2 cups sugar
4 egg, lightly beaten
4 bananas, mashed (I used frozen)
3 tablespoons yogourt
2 teaspoons vanilla
3 cups cranberries, cut in half
225 grams walnuts
Preheat oven to 350F.
Combine flour, baking soda and salt. In a separate bowl cream butter and sugar using a mixer. Then add eggs, vanilla, banana and yogourt and beat until combined.
Add flour mixture and beat *just* until combined. Then add cranberries and walnuts and mix in.
Pour into two greased loaf pans. Bake for 20 minutes then cover lightly with aluminum foil and bake for another 30 to 45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for a few minutes then remove from pans and cool completely on cooling racks.[/print_this]