Moist Banana Bread

It is often difficult to consume the bananas before they become too ripe. Here is a yummy bread that bakes beautifully in the microwave-convection oven. Make extras and freeze to enjoy with iced tea on a warm summer day. 


1 stick butter 
1 cup sugar 
2 eggs 
1 teaspoon vanilla 
1 cup mashed banana (about 2 large) 
1 1/2 cups flour 
1 teaspoon baking soda 
1/2 teaspoon salt 
1/2 cup sour cream

1. MICROWAVE (100%) butter in microwave-safe bowl 45 to 60 seconds or until softened. 

2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Blend sugar with butter. Beat in eggs, one at a time, beating well after each. Blend in vanilla and banana. Add flour, baking soda, salt and sour cream. Stir together until blended. Pour into silicone or paperboard loaf pan, two mini-loaf pans and 6 Texas-sized muffin cups. 

3. COMBO-BAKE with 10% microwave and 350 degrees (Low-Mix) for 22 to 27 minutes (18 to 20 for cups) or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely; remove from pans. Store tightly wrapped in refrigerator. 

About 20 Servings

TIPS  >With glass, be sure to grease or spray baking pan before adding batter. 

>Bread freezes well. 

>Chopped nuts can be added just before pouring into pan. For a spicy flavor, add1/2 teaspoon cinnamon or nutmeg with salt. 

>Freeze ripe bananas; thaw before using in a bread recipe like this one.

From my Kitchen..

—I recently prepared a double recipe of the Crustless Quiche recipe in the 9inch square pan. Even with the turntable turned off, it cooked nicely on the Low-Mix combination, rotating the dish once. The Egg Bake, cut nicely with the narrow silicone spatula and removed from the dish easily with the wide spatula. A 13x9-inch pan of caramel rolls were prepared in the deep 10.5-inch silicone pan and it baked perfectly on the convection setting. Most things that cook in a 13x9-inch pan can be cooked in the deep round silicone pan and then it turns freely in the ovens with turntables.

—At a recent class, several participants were getting together one evening for dinner and they were each making something from one of the microwave-convection cook books that they had just purchased. I was not there long enough to hear about their results, but thought what a good way to learn together and share cooking experiences.Soups and casseroles are great for winter dining. Make extras and freeze in meal-sized quantities for enjoying at another meal. 


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