So, it turns out the bar exam is kind of hard. My posts will probably be pretty sporadic these next couple of months: apologies in advance. I’m happy, however, to have fit a banana-berry bread in yesterday.
It was pretty much impossible not to make a banana bread: we had this bunch of bananas hanging around, in a state that practically screamed “Make bread from me!”
And then I found a banana-blueberry bread in The Dallas Junior League Cookbook. And then blueberries were on sale. Everything was coming into place…
I decided, though, to throw myself a curveball and play around a little with this recipe. It already replaced some flour with oats, so I started thinking in the direction of “health.” I learned some substitution tricks from a law school friend who bakes with whole grains all the time, and runs marathons nearly as frequently. He’d probably be disappointed I used white flour in this recipe (I was too lazy to go out and buy a new bag of whole wheat), but tales of his experiments inspired me to use honey in place of sugar (and reduce the amount of sweetener), and to thicken the batter with Greek yogurt instead of oil. I also used more berries than the original recipe called for. I just couldn’t resist…sorry this picture doesn’t do ’em justice. Darn artificial light.
As with most banana breads, the procedure is pretty simple: you mash the breads up and add the fat (or, here, yogurt). Where granulated sugar would usually be put into the dry ingredient mix, I added my sweetener to the “mushy ingredients” half of the recipe because honey is liquid.
These mushy ingredients are added to the dry ones and mixed in. I’m a big fan of mixing quick breads with a wooden spoon; I find I get a better feel for the exact moment I work out the flour lumps, and I avoid over-beating the batter.
The batter then goes in a greased and floured bread pan. One tip for baking with honey: it browns things up faster than sugar, so it can be good to reduce your baking temperature a little, and extend cooking time to compensate.
The toughest part of this recipe: its original author, Mrs. James G. Aldridge, of Dallas, TX, recommends wrapping the bread up and letting it set for 24 hours before slicing it. We only got through 12 in my house…but it made a great breakfast.
Honeyed Banana-Blueberry Bread (Makes one 9×5 loaf)**
3/4 c. fresh blueberries (frozen should work as well)
1 3/4 c. all-purpose flour
2 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 c. uncooked quick oats
1/2 c. honey
2 large eggs, beaten
1/4 c. Greek yogurt (I used fat free and it worked well)
1 c. mashed ripe bananas
1. Preheat the oven to 335 degrees and grease and flour a 9×5-inch bread pan. Sprinkle the blueberries with 1 tablespoon flour.
2. Whisk the remaining flour together with the baking powder, salt, and oats in a large mixing bowl.
3. In a medium mixing bowl, mix the eggs, honey, yogurt, and banana mush.
4. Add the liquid ingredients to the dry ones and mix with a wooden spoon, just until flour lumps are eliminated. Toss the berries into the bowl and fold them in gently, with just a couple of strokes.
5. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes, until a tester inserted in the middle comes out mostly clean. The batter for this bread is very moist, so a little may cling to the tester even when it’s fully baked.
6. Cool the bread completely, then wrap it up overnight before slicing and serving. Can be frozen.
**This recipe is my altered version, not the Dallas one from which I took my inspiration.
I have blueberries and banana’s that are on the edge here – what a great recipe to use them up! Thanks! Good luck with your exam!
Mmmmm…I just made blueberry muffins, then banana bread, but I think I like your idea best of all. Looks like a perfect quick bread~
This looks great. I love banana bread, but my husband always eats all the bananas! Seriously, it’s like I have to hide a few if I want to make something with them. Haha. Love the use of honey and oats in this recipe. Would love to try it.
Good luck with your exam! This loaf looks great, and is a good was to keep you fueled for your study nights 🙂
I feel for you… good luck on those exams!!! Fingers crossed!
Love the loaf… keep it next to you for when you are studying. Oh, and the pot of coffee… you need that right next to the loaf. 🙂
Nice little bar break! Gorgeous looking bread, love the use of the yogurt. Clever girl 🙂
A) This looks FREAKIN’ amazing and b) GOOD luck on the bar! YIKES!
Celia, good luck with your bar exam! You will be just fine with the test. We’ll be waiting for you here. 🙂 Your banana blueberry bread looks very delicious. Great breakfast with a cup of coffee… yum. Hope this delicious dessert gave you lots of energy to study! 🙂
My crazy sister has managed to take (and pass) two BAR exams this year so I know a little of what you are going through- good luck!! I love the honey and blueberries in this recipe. I have a frozen bag of perfectly over-ripe bananas in my freezer that is screaming to be used this weekend!
Love the idea of using honey in banana bread, and good idea to turn the temp down and bake it for longer so the honey doesn’t burn. I’ve taken three bars, so I sympathize on the studying. August will be here soon!
My dad used to always put honey in his banana muffins/bread, so I know this recipe must be amazing! I can’t wait to try it sometime! Hope the BAR goes well for you! Good luck!!
This looks so moist and delicious. I love adding honey to my baked goods, especially breads! Thanks for sharing.
This sounds like good healthy study food that is a treat at the same time. It is difficult to leave banana bread alone once those amazing smells start coming out of the oven but you are right, Celia- it does really improve if you can manage to keep your hands off it until the next day.
Good luck with the study.
This one is a must-try, Celia. Two of my favorite fruits, and you can even feel moral while eating it (naturally in large quantities)!
This is looking so delicious and with all that honey and banana can only imagine the moist-ness of the bread!
I have about zero patience when it comes to any recipes that need waiting time. I want to eat it once I start it 🙂 Good luck with your studying!
Honey and banana is a great flavor combination. Thanks for sharing.
Good luck with the bar exam!
Just made this… Yummo! Thx for posting this, I was looking for a recipe I where I could easily substitute agave nectar for the sweetener and this was it. Although, i might add a bit more agave next time….. Thanks again!
I added a 1/4 cup of chopped nuts to it also. Great recipe
This is a great recipe! It was the first bread i tried and it worked out so well (thanks for boosting my confidence!) but i was wondering if you could also make a lemon blueberry bread still using honey and greek yogurt.
I really like how this bread was butterless, i felt so healthy!
Any way i could change this recipe to make a lemon blueberry bread? Thanks! Love this recipe!
Just made this as a fathers day gift for my husband’s dad and grandfather. Made it exactly as the recipe says (except I used lemon flavored greek yogurt), and made it into muffins. They were spectacular! Thanks for the recipe!