Friday, February 3, 2012

Banana Wheat Bread

My parents gave me a wheat grinder for Christmas. I've been wanting one forever.  The got me a really nice one that uses stones to grind the wheat.  They don't make these anymore. They refinished the wood and it looks like new.
 I didn't have a place for it to sit out on the counter and I don't have a plug in my pantry. To avoid having to carry it back and forth to a plug, this is what I did.

I grabbed a scrap of shelving from the basement and bought some castors and screws.

With the help of a drill. I screwed the castors on all four corners.

I set it on the floor and my daughter said "It's a skateboard!"  When I told her what it was for she said "That's not very exciting." 
Anyway here it is with the grinder on top.  Now I can just roll it out of the pantry and to a plug when I need to use it. 

  I decided to make Banana Bread using wheat flour.  It turned out great. My kids didn't even notice the difference. I used to make this recipe with white flour. Feel free to use whatever you have. 
I'm not sure where I got this recipe. It could be my mom's or I could have found it online years ago. I don't remember.

Start by placing your sugar and butter in a bowl.
Using beaters, cream together.

Add eggs
Mix well.

Now it's time for the bananas.  You want to use bananas that look like this.

Mash them up with a fork.

Add them to your batter along with milk and vanilla.

Mix well.

Add dry ingredients.

Mix just until moistened.
Pour batter into greased pans. It should make one loaf. I wanted to use my mini loaf pans too, so I put a little less in the bigger loaf pan.

Bake for 50-60 minutes.  For muffins (or mini loafs) bake 18-21 minutes.

Banana Bread or Muffins

3/4 c. sugar
1/2 c. margarine
2  eggs
1 c. mashed bananas (about 2 medium sized)
1/3 c. milk
1 t. vanilla
2 c. flour (wheat or white)
1/2 c. nuts (optional)
1 t. soda
1/2 t. salt

Beat sugar and margarine until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs. Add bananas, milk and vanilla. mix well. Add dry ingredients, just until moistened. Bake at 350 for 50-60 minutes for loaf or 18-21 minutes for muffins, or until toothpick comes out clean.

Substitued 1 c. applesauce for the bananas and add 3/4 t. cinnamon.


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