Thursday, April 29, 2010

Strawberry Banana Nut Bread

Everyone in the family loves muffins; strawberry or banana muffins tops the list. Therefore, muffins have become a regular in this household.  Seeing that these two flavors are a hit and having some of both to spare, my mind went into overdrive.  I wondered what if I combine the two.  Ok, secret only for you: I had only a little of both but together they would just be the right amount to bake a loaf.  I gleaned the web and used some stored memory in my gray cells, and what do you know, I baked some delicious combination bread.  Try it to see the flavors blend in marvelously.

  Digressing from cooking, I wanted to tell you how spring has been treating me.  These days I am out in the yard either in the pretext of educating my son or mowing the grass or something else.  Whatever the excuse I make it a point to be out a couple of times.  Guess what fantastic sights I have been enjoying.  The other day I was out and about and lo and behold I spotted this sparrow working away within the pine tree.  I craned my neck a little and confirmed my doubts.  It was making it's nest!  Oh! the thrill of it.  I sneaked in and got my camera and clicked away.  Hmm... it was something else! I have updated a picture on facebook and if you would like a peek its here.  




Ingredients:

Strawberries (hulled and chopped)- 1 cup
Banana mashed -1 cup (~2 numbers)
Walnut (chopped coarsely)- 1/2 cup
Flour- 1 3/4 cup
Oats- 1/2 cup
Cinnamon- 1 tsp
Nutmeg powder- 1/8 tsp
Salt- 1/8 tsp
Baking powder- 1 tsp
Baking soda- 1 tsp
Butter/ oil- 1/2 cup
Eggs- 2
White granulated Sugar-3/4 cup



Method:

1.Preheat the oven at 350 degree F.Grease a loaf pan (9 by 5)
2.Whisk together the dry ingredients except sugar in a mixing bowl.
3.Beat the butter/oil and sugar until soft.
4.Add the eggs one by one and beat well to mix in.Also add the mashed bananas in and beat well.
5.Throw in the strawberry pieces into the flour mixture and toss well to coat the pieces.
6.Fold in the wet mixture into the dry one along with the chopped nuts.
7.Transfer to the loaf pan and bake for 45- 50 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.

Notes:

1.I have tried both with butter and oil and both works fine.
2.If you wish you could add a little more fruit.
3.I read that this tastes best if you cut the loaf after 24 hours.I was never able to do it,though I had a couple of slices left on the second day and sure that tasted better.
4.If any of you happen to make this and let the loaf ripen before you cut, do let me know :-)




Contributor: Namitha

60 comments:

  1. Namitha,

    Strawberry banana nut bread looks really yummy. Adipoli.

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  2. I really love this cos you've got all my favorite ingredients in it.

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  3. Lovely bread. I love that combo as well. Perfectly baked!Good to know that you are having fun outdoors. I have been cursed with pollen allergies and as much I love a flower at full bloom, i despise the pollen.

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  4. Bread looks awesome.The link is not working its privacy setting

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  5. Wow..the bread came out so perfect and looks very tempting too....loved the tinge of the strawberry colours in the bread...

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  6. Nice combination strawberry with banana...looks soft and yum!

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  7. Nice combo .Looks very tempting!

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  8. Beautiful bread, never heard of strawberry flavoured bread, but this looks awesome namitha...

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  9. I started reading this post..because it sounded incredible...nuts, strawberry..and a bread..ohh...delish!

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  10. Perfect bread, Namitha!! Love the combination of strawberry, banana and nuts..

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  11. The colors are so tempting and it looks so great !!!

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  12. Wow...that looks adipoli dear....i too love banana muffin yday...it was awesome...would try this combo next time when i bake banana bread cos my son and us ofcourse love it....U know what, you can reduce the oil to half and substitue it with milk:)....i do that often..the bread might not be that rich, but still will taste awesome..superb clicks.

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  13. Perfectly baked strawberry bread looks soo soft n moist dear..

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  14. Namitha, the bread looks lovely. sO good to hear that u are enjoying spring.

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  15. This bread looks devine and so very delicious.

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  16. very colorful and creative!

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  17. Nice combo of fruits..simply delicous..:)

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  18. Great combo, looks so moist and delicious dear...

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  19. Love this bread! I've made one very similar.

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  20. Lovely bread. Strawberry banana is a great combo.

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  21. Muffin and cupcakes top here too. ANd love the bread any thin with straberry is fully welcomed. Looks so moist and delish.

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  22. Wow..love banana bread..the combo looks interesting...perfectly baked..crave it now ketto. :-)

    Love
    KS

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  23. Bread looks so perfect..nice combo also..banana and strawberry..real yummy bread .

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  24. looks like a very yummy and healthy snack

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  25. Nice combo .Looks very tempting!

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  26. Looks perfect and delicious. Great combinations.

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  27. Love this bread.This blog is very very very good!!!!!!

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  28. absolutely delightful..am gone for a while and hope i wasnt forgotten!

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  29. Hi dear, wonder when I will bake this delight! Simply tempting...pass me a slice pls! ;)

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  30. Fruity bread is so healthful ;)

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  31. Perfectly baked bread Namitha...love the idea of adding strawberries to banana nut bread...looks so colorful and awesome :)

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  32. Wow.. looks very soft and yumm. great idea.

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  33. Hey Gulmohar, this looks so nice. I love that first photo. Makes me want a slice now with a smear of peanut butter!

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  34. Wow....a yumm on dear..cant resist this one

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  35. I have seen banana and strawberry breads but never the two combined! Sounds good and looks lovely!

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  36. That is a fruity and nutty bread! Such a moist slices!

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  37. Bread luks very soft,Love the strawberry u added in it...

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  38. uhh.lovely. the photos are simply superb. From the snap I know how good it is.
    splendid!

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  39. All r in baking pree...n m waitin for my new oven errrrrrrrrr........... I want to have them ryt now :P

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  40. Lovely shots and yummy bread, can I have one please...

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  41. yummy and perfectly baked bread. Beautiful snap.

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  42. Bread looks lovely and perfect.

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  43. the bread looks so endearing w/the pinky hue...very pretty clicks.

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  44. Fragole e banane.. l'estate sta arrivando ! :)

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  45. Wow... wonderful.. looks soo tempting and delicious.. nice clicks!!

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  46. Hi dear, about reducing the oil in banana bread, I did it twice and my bread dint go hard at all.Infact it was really spongey. I guess as in US, the weather is quite dry here as well....Cos if i leave any food open, it turns rock hard. Like you get a pappadom kind of chappatti if you leave it open for a while. I always store my cakes in a air tight container to prevent it from being hard, Even while storing in the fridge...:)

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  47. This recipe looks interesting enough for me 2 try it soon. Awesome work dear.

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  48. I made a strawberry bread recently but I think I like the sound of this strawberry banana combo even more. Looks delicious!

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  49. What a lovely Nut and fruit bread?
    Love the addition of strawberry very muc:-)))
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  50. What a lovely Nut and fruit bread?
    Love the addition of strawberry very muc:-)))
    Am having my first ever giveaway:-)))

    any tips welcome :-)))
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  51. oh this bread looks perfect for the season!

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  52. I love both bananas and strawberries in this delicious bread!

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  53. Thank you guys for all your comments.
    @ Shabs: You seem to be at it to prove your point. I am glad your cakes are coming out fine with less fat, giving you guys an overall healthier life style. Colorado is at a 5000 ft altitude. My research and information from cook books and the internet has time and again advised to keep fat content in recipes the same for optimum results. I remember while in Germany I could get away with a lot lesser fat content in cakes but that has not worked since I am here. Appreciate your inputs!

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  54. absolutely stunning pics..

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  55. This bread looks lovely and yummy...

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  56. YOur strawberry bread looks moist and wonderful. I would love to try it out once strawberries are back in season.

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  57. wow!! my fav fruit on your bread slices look inviting!!..

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