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Calling All Bread Lovers

 

I’ve found it!!  The best and most delicious banana bread.  From one banana bread lover to another, don’t get this confused with the market breads or the cafe breads you’ve tried.  This is Magnolia Bakery’s banana nut with coconut found in their cookbook.  Yummy!  If you’re a New Yorker then you already know how delicious Magnolia’s desserts, especially their cupcakes, taste.  My father is coming into town in a couple of weeks and I know he is a banana bread lover too, so I went on the hunt for a great, mouth craving, can’t sleep at night banana bread.  It’s one of my favorite morning foods, snacks, desserts, or any time of the day cravings, so I hunted, searched, and finally found, what I think is one of the best banana breads I have tasted.  If you’re not sold on this recipe yet, my husband, who always turns his nose up at banana bread every time he sees me eating it, cannot get enough of this loaf I just made!

Here’s some pictures I took along the way and the recipe if you so desire to try it…

First I prepared the bananas to mash and chopped the pecans…what really makes this bread taste yummy are the pecans and coconut!

Next I mixed all the dry ingredients.  This recipe is quite easy to follow.  I’m no master chef in the kitchen and this seemed to be somewhat quick and simple.  About 30 min prep time.

Then I mixed together the dry and wet ingredients.  I usually don’t like bread batter, but found myself licking my fingers clean!

Lastly, I baked the bread for about 50 minutes at 350 degrees, then let it sit for an hour or so.  Looking delicious…hope you can hold out an hour before tasting…wasn’t easy for this banana bread lover!!

ingredients

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs, at room temperature, well beaten
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups mashed ripe bananas
  • 3/4 sour cream
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped toasted pecans
  • 3/4 cup sweetened shredded coconut

directions

  • 1  Preheat oven to 350°.
  • 2  Grease and flour a 10 inch tube pan or 2 loaf pans.
  • 3  Sift together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Set aside.
  • 4  Beat oil and sugar on medium speed until well-mixed. Add the eggs and vanilla, and beat well.
  • 5  Add the bananas and sour cream, and mix well.
  • 6  Add the dry ingredients, and mix until just combined.
  • 7  Stir in pecans and coconut.
  • 8  Pour the batter into the prepared pan(s).
  • 9  Bake for 60-70 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted into the center of the bread comes out with moist crumbs attached.
  • 10  NOTE: If using loaf pans, bake for 45-55 minutes.
  • 11  Let cool for at least one hour before serving.

If you make it, let me know what you think of the recipe!  Do you have a craving that’s not so flattering on the hips, but it’s worth every bite?  Would love to hear about it.

Until next ride,

Amy

A Splurge

This weekend I admit I splurged.  I just had to have it!

As I walked down the West Village cobblestone streets, with my family, strolling in and out of the trendy boutiques, admiring the store front windows, peeking in the high-end mom and pops restaurants envisioning ourselves eating there someday, meandering through a couple of my favorite side streets admiring the beautiful brownstones on Charles and Perry, yet knowing all too well, what was tempting me only one block away.  Was I trying to purposely distract myself by taking slight detours, was I trying to use the cute boutiques and cafes as deterrents?  Somehow, I’m not sure how, I don’t think I know how it happened, but I ended up face to face with it.  There it was in the window looking right at me.  It was a Magnolia cupcake!

It had been so very long.  I remembered waiting in their outside line for up to an hour, wrapped around the corner, on hot summer days or at 2am, just for a cupcake; however, for the last year sweets have been off-limits, while I worked tirelessly to lose my post-pregnancy weight.  I’m oh-so-close to reaching my goal!  I have now lost almost 50 pounds, with 5 pounds still looming over me.  Everything that has entered my mouth, for the last year, has been a calorie count.   Dieting has not been easy, to say the very least, and as I looked at the cupcake in the window, I saw my 5 pounds staying with me a little longer, but didn’t care.  This was no ordinary cupcake and today was the day.  I was going to splurge.

 Magnolia is a cozy vintage bakery that has become iconic over time.  Cupcakes lovers and tourists from all over will  stand in line, at all hours, for hours, for one small cupcake.  The old fashioned store has been feature on numerous TV shows and popular movies.  When entering, you hand pick a soft colored vanilla or chocolate cupcake, probably take a picture or two, or someone may ask you to take their picture.  After I took a happy cupcake lover’s picture, I carefully picked my splurge and chose water over milk; a little less calories and a little less guilt.

We walked over to a park bench, I carefully unwrapped the cupcake and took my, which felt like my first ever, bite; sweet, moist, and oh-so-decedent, just as I remembered.  I took only a couple bites, stopped just before the guilt set in and felt satisfied.  Delicious!  Hit the spot!

Maybe on our next stroll in the West Village I’ll be down the last 5 pounds of baby weight and my reward will be the whole cupcake!  A reward at the calorie counting finish line!

Do you have a favorite type of food you indulge in?  What are your taste buds’ weakness?

Until next ride,

Amy

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