Weekly Mix: The Search for Banana Bread

Happy first Friday of 2013! That photo above is a good representation of how NYC is looking these days. Gray and wintery. I don’t really mind it. I’ll take it any day over mid-summer misery.

Do you have a list of resolutions for the new year? I don’t really get into that, but I am trying to work on a reasonable list of goals for this year. I am notorious for making completely unrealistic to-do lists, so I’m trying to rein it in and be practical. This time next year, we’ll see how I did.

One of my 2013 projects is the Bake or Break newsletter. The first edition is in the works and should be ready to go soon. If you haven’t signed up yet, you can do so by clicking here.

Recently, I shared the 20 most popular BoB posts of 2012. As I was reviewing those recipes, I got sidetracked, as I often do. I began looking at the most searched recipes that brought people to Bake or Break.

By far, the thing that brought more Googlers to BoB was banana nut bread. With all the desserts around here, that was a bit of a surprise to me. But, with its apparent popularity, I feel it’s only right to revive and review my banana bread recipes.

In the early days of BoB, I made these Banana Nut Muffins from a recipe given to me by a friend. They’re a bit off the beaten quick bread path, being made with spelt flour. Spelt flour has become more widely available in the last few years, but you can use all-purpose flour or whole wheat flour if you like.

While there are no nuts in this Chocolate Chunk Banana Bread, it’s still a good choice. All that chocolate makes it worthy of mention. And, if you really want some nuts in there, go ahead and add them. You could substitute some for part of the chocolate. Or, just toss in some in with all the chocolate.

My and your favorite banana bread from BoB is this glorious Cream Cheese Banana Nut Bread. Cream cheese AND a cinnamon crumb topping? Absolutely. In fact, as I type this, I’m eyeing some nice, ripe bananas on my kitchen counter.

Do you have a favorite banana bread recipe? Share a link to the recipe in the comments.

Want more banana recipes for those overripe bananas? See my Best Banana Recipes Collection.

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  1. Agos January 4, 2013 Reply

    I love all kinds of banana bread! Although bananas are almost always eaten before they’re ripe in my house D:
    But if you want to try a new banana bread, this one is amazing:
    http://www.notquitenigella.com/2009/03/14/curry-pineapple-banana-bread/

  2. Weird, I’m on huge banana bread baking spree in hopes I’ll find my favorite. Perfect timing!!

  3. Stephanie January 5, 2013 Reply

    I once read that banana bread is the most searched recipe on the internet! Wise to have multiple versions on your blog :)

    I’m a big fan of goals instead of resolutions,time management is a huge one for me this year!

  4. I have a bowl full of brown bananas in need of baking into bread. Here’s my go to recipe:

    http://whatthedogate.blogspot.com/2011/08/banana-muffin-minis.html

  5. Lisa January 5, 2013 Reply

    One of my all time favorite things to bake. Although I am a chocolate over, I sometimes opt for the classic banana and nut standard. So good!

  6. Stephanie January 5, 2013 Reply

    My go-to recipe is this one…http://www.melskitchencafe.com/2008/03/buttermilk-banana-bread.html. I have to try your Cream Cheese Banana Nut Bread!

  7. Janet Highland January 5, 2013 Reply

    May I just ask what mid-summer misery is? I am new to your site and am a subscriber and absolutely love the stuff you come up with. Once I have shifted the 7lb I put on over the Christmas/New Year, I am going to try that cream cheese banana bread. I normally do a banana bread with chocolate chunks courtesy of a guy called Nigel Slater. He is a food criter here in London UK and has a few cookery shows. He has some really great ideas so he might be worth you taking a look at on either Youtube or just on google. He might look a bit strange but quite a lot of us do here in the UK !! I asked about mid summer misery as I have never heard of it. Janet

  8. Janet Highland January 5, 2013 Reply

    Sorry I meant writer not criter……

  9. jennifer January 5, 2013 Reply

    Janet, I was referring to the dreadful heat of summer. I am not a fan of it at all! I’ll look for some recipes from your banana bread source. Thanks for the tip!

  10. Jacqueline January 6, 2013 Reply

    They all look good. I used to make it more than I do now, because bananas tend to get used up in Cooper’s smoothies, just for eating and in his porridge, so I rarely get the chance to do something with browning bananas. The best recipe I have made is the chocolate and cinnamon banana bread, but I have a recipe for bananas that even beats that, it is a moist carrot cake. It’s amazing!

  11. Anjo Angela Lim January 29, 2013 Reply

    I believe finding the “right” banana bread is like finding the “right” chocolate chip/chunk cookie. There’s a “right” one for every occasion! But you’re absolutely correct about the cream cheese banana bread…looks fabulous!! Like it’ll melt right into my mouth. Bookmarked!!

  12. Sherry June 11, 2013 Reply

    I can see my old dorm room in your picture, very cool…

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