Monday, June 22, 2009

Strawberry Pecan Banana Bread

Just a quickie today, kids. Banana bread is one of those things that just kind of happens. We never plan on it, it's just that sometimes we happen to have three overripe bananas and that means it time. Time for banana bread. This is the thing my girlfriend bakes and this is the recipe she always uses. This time when we had bananas that were ready for bread we also had some strawberries and pecans that wanted using as well, so she tossed them in. It came out wicked good. The big chunks of strawberry and toasted pecan added great sweetness and texture to it.

When she cut up the berries she let them sit for a minute and then drained off some of the juice, so the bread wouldn't get gummy. Other than that she just followed the recipe, adding in about a cup of strawberries, cut into bite sized pieces, and a half cup of toasted, chopped pecans. I liked it even more than the chocolate chip one. So what's your favorite add in to banana bread?

26 comments:

Dajana said...

I bet that was good. Nice treat.

Steph said...

I really want to try adding strawberries to my banana bread next time. Hopefully the bananas won't be eaten before they get ripe enough. My favourite add ins are chocolate chips.

5 Star Foodie said...

What a yummy bread! I love your addition of strawberries! Delicious!

girlichef said...

Oh, I like the strawberries in there...I don't know what my favorite addition is...probably just simple nuts.

Wandering Coyote said...

Nice job, though I'm not a fan of banana bread...

Karen said...

I can take or leave banana bread, but the strawberries sound like it'd be a good addition to it.

Tangled Noodle said...

I was always dubious of strawberries in baked goods like quick breads, muffins and cookies since many recipes call for dried berries, which I don't find particularly tasty. But your GF's tip of draining them first to avoid smooshiness is great. This loaf looks so incredibly good!

The Duo Dishes said...

The strawberries are a nice add. We love chocolate, Frangelico or Amaretto, walnuts, pecans or hazelnuts or sometimes little bits of caramel. A couple combinations of any of those is perfect.

Culinary Alchemist said...

Awesome variation!!! I love Banana bread... Especially warm with a big ole smear of butter. My favorite addition is toasted Walnuts... It balances out the sweetness a little. :)

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

I really love how it is dotted with strawberries! Looks great!

Bob said...

Dajana: Thanks, it was. ;)

Steph: Chocolate chips make almost everything better, it's true. I say, hide the bananas. Heh.

5 Star Foodie: Thanks!

girlichef: Nuts are key in good banana bread, I agree.

Wandering Coyote: Heh, that's ok. I don't think any less of you. :D

Karen: I'm not the biggest fan, but I'm enjoying it more as my girlfriend experiments with it.

Tangled Noodle: Thanks! It came out quite well with the fresh fruit, not soggy or gummy.

Duo: Oooo, caramel would be good. Or sprinkling sugar over the top and hitting it with a torch for a crispy topping...

Culinary Alchemist: It's definitely best right out of the oven with a smear of butter.

JennDZ: Thanks! No point in messing around with teeny berry bits. Heh.

Reeni♥ said...

I love strawberries with banana! This looks moist and yummy. I like white chocolate chips in mine, and coconut!

Danielle said...

I usually just add pecans. But oooh man....ok check this out!! My favorite combo is bananas, strawberries and chocolate (mmmm, banana split)...so what if we combined girlichef's chocolate banana bread with your strawberry pecan banana bread! Oh yaaaaa! Where are my brown bananas when I need them?!!!

noble pig said...

I want this to be my breakfast tomorrow!

tamilyn said...

Hmmm, I have bananas on the counter and strawberries in the fridge and pecans in the freezer. Coincidence?

Donna-FFW said...

LOVE the addition of strawberries and pecans. Looks so moist and yummy.

Tina said...

Never thought of strawberries...I like to add cinnamon and sometimes instant espresso.

unconfidentialcook said...

Love the addition of strawberries and pecans to the banana bread! Looks absolutely delish!

Pocky said...

oh wow that looks fantastic! I'm afraid of baking bread though. It's always heavy enough to double as a paperweight

burpandslurp said...

I love to add coconut into banana bread. This looks awesome too! Strawnana bread!

Yesica N. Cook said...

This looks amazing - must be tried!

CookiePie said...

Great mix-ins! I love banana bread, always looking for new ways to make it...

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:Summer Dish strawberry pecan banana bread So fabulous:)

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Meg said...

I have been craving banana bread and this version looks absolutely wonderful!

pigpigscorner said...

Love banana bread/cakes! my current favourite - dulce de leche of course =)

Deeba @Passionate About Baking said...

Was chcoalote chips in the bread till I read your post. Now I can see my mind changing!! Great idea Bob!

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