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Sunday, August 23, 2009

Sweet Melissa Sundays: Banana Bread



Before I begin blogging this week's tasty SMS recipe, I want to shout from the rooftops for a minute.... guess what?... I'M ENGAGED!!!!!!!! It happened Friday night, my Daniel proposed. I am the happiest girl on the planet right now. :) I'm sure I'll continue to be blabbing a lot about it in the future.

Whew! Sorry, I just had to brag for a minute. Ok, now to this week's recipe, chosen by sweet Joy Hot Oven, Warm Heart. She chose well, because this was delicious. I omitted the apples because I'm a bit of a banana bread purist. Unless it's peanut butter of cinnnamon, I don't like a ton of stuff going on in my banana bread. The only other change I made was to add a little sugary crunch topping:


Banana Bread Sugary Crunch Topping:
2 T Granulated Sugar
2 1/2 T Brown Sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
~ 1 heaping T chopped walnuts

After preparing the banana bread according to the recipe, I sprinkled enough of the above topping to coat the top of the banana bread (I had some topping left over). The topping added a nice slightly crunchy topping to the otherwise soft banana bread.

I really enjoyed this week's recipe! I've never put nutmeg in a banana bread batter before, but in this recipe it was great. It was JUST the right amount. Enough to be noticeable, not enough to be overpowering. The only thing I have to say about this banana bread is that my regular recipe is much more moist. Not that this recipe is dry, it is not! But my go-to recipe produced a much moister product. But it was still Delicious, Thanks for this week's pick, Joy! Be sure to check out the other SMS'ers take on Sweet Melissa's Yummy Bread!!!!!

29 comments:

Mrs. G said...

Congratulations on your engagement? Great looking banana bread.

Megan said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!

But wait a minute - where's the pie? I mean, the banana bread looks great and all, but pie is a very important thing!

Nina said...

Congrats!

Onwards to the bread, I think that you should have added the apples because that's what made it very moist and yummy. The topping looks amazing though.

And yes, where's the pie?

<3

Melissa said...

Congrats on your engagement!!!!!! I really needed to hear some happy news tonight! I agree with Nina about the apples-they were key in keeping the banana bread moist. I hope to hear more about the wedding plans!

k.a.r.e.n said...

Yummy topping on the bread!

LOL! Yea... wheres the pie!??!?!

Sarah said...

Congratulations on your engagement! I've never had peanut butter in banana bread - is it mixed into the batter? In a swirl? PB chips? I'm intrigued...

Tracey said...

Congrats on your engagement! How exciting for you :)

Your bread looks terrific, especially the topping! I agree with Nina - I think the apples really helped with the moistness of this bread so that's probably why you thought it lacked a bit of moistness.

Donna-FFW said...

Congratulations to you. I am thrilled for you. My very best wishes!

The banana bread sounds yummy.

Fallon said...

Congrats on the engagement. Now it time to start planning the wedding ;)

I also like simple banana bread, but sometimes you have to follow the full recipe just to see and then next time change it up if it isn't what you expected!

Mini Baker said...

CONGRATS on your engagement! I bet I will be just as giddy as you are when my day comes!
The banana bread looks awesome!
Will you be doing your own desserts for your wedding? I'm sure you've already thought about it!
-Mini Baker :)

Cristine said...

Congrats on the engagement! :) Your bread looks great!

Risa said...

Congratulations! That is so exciting. Must be a good week for us bloggers, because I got engaged this past week too!

Smitten Sugar said...

Congrats!! That is so exciting.

The bread looks amazing. I really could use a piece right now.

Ingrid said...

Brillant idea adding a crunchy topping. I'm thinking even more walnuts.


Congrats on your engagement!
~ingrid

Julie said...

Congratulations on your engagement! :)

Karin said...

The topping sounds wonderful! I agree with Nina on the apples as well. Though, the flavor wasn't quite a banana bread once you added them. I loved the recipe but will stick with my other go-to banana bread recipe and make this when I want something a little different.

Congrats on your engagement!

The Bahens said...

Congrats!! I agree with other commenters; the apples and accompanying brown sugary juice added a lot of moisture to the bread. I can imagine it being a little dry without them. And, I just ordered an apron from your Etsy store. I'm so excited!!

apparentlyjessy said...

Congratulations on your engagement Stephanie! I bet you are a very happy girl!
The banana bread and the pie both look delicious!

Kerstin said...

Congrats!! How exciting!

Fit Chick said...

WOW congratulations on your engagement!!! I like the idea of a topping, sounds good!

margot said...

Congratulations!!! The bread looks super-yummy with the crunchy topping, what a fabulous idea.

Ever After Weddings and Events said...

Congratulations on your engagement! Any thoughts as to where/when your wedding will take place? The Smoky Mountains do provide an economical and peaceful choice.

If you need any wedding planning tips or advice, feel free to check out my website http://www.everafterplanner.com

sliceofsueshe said...

Congrats! How exciting!
Oh, and the bread looks great too. :-)

Joy said...

Hi Stephanie!

Wow, Congratulations my dear, what wonderful news to find in your post! YAY! An engagement is SO exciting- I hope you share lots of the details as you start planning. I just LOVE weddings, and I am sure that yours and Daniel's will be just BEAUTIFUL! It's must be an exhilarating time for you right now, and I hope you enjoy every minute and celebrate!

I know this is no where near as important, but I have to thank you so much for baking along with me this week! I’m really glad to hear you enjoyed the recipe, but I'm sorry it wasn't as moist as you were hoping. I think the apples really play a role in that component, so omitting them might have contributed a bit. But I completely understand liking your banana bread a certain way... the topping sounds quite delicious though! Fantastic job on your loaf, it looks delectable!

Mazel Tov again! Have a great rest of your week, and I hope to hear from you soon :)

<3,
Joy

pinkstripes said...

I'm so happy for you! Best wishes!

Your loaf looks fantastic.

Katiecakes said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!! That's so lovely! I was exactly the same when my boyfriend proposed to me, I couldn't keep my mouth shut about it :D

Your bread looks amazing!!

Katie xox

Palidor said...

Congratulations! That's great news and the bread looks great too!

crossroads said...

Yay for you!!!! :)

Eliana said...

What a great looking bread. And congrats on the engagement :)

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