Friday, August 19, 2011

Biking, Blueberries, & Banana Beer Bread

Mmmmm! Blueberries are back in season & the best U-Pick farm is just 1 mile from our house. So close that I usually just ride my bike & try to fit as many containers in my basket as possible. I love snacking on them just plain or putting them in my yogurt in the morning! The last batch I got i decided to do some baking with. Go {here} for blueberry baking I did last summer. I searched online for a lemon blueberry cheesecake recipe and came across one on the Food Networks site - it was delicious!
{Graham crackers for the crust}
{blending the filling}
{before going into the oven}
They were so good I forgot to get after pictures because we ate them too fast! Sorry! but trust me they were delicious! Go {here} for the recipe!
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Another recipe I tried was for banana beer bread. Adam found the recipe on {Deschutes Brewery's} facebook page & wanted to try it out. We had some extra ripe banana's so I whipped up a batch.
1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
2 medium bananas, mashed
1/3 cup melted butter or margarine
1/4 cup beer Twilight Ale, Black Butte Porter or Obsidian Stout
{I used Twilight}

Position the rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees. Lightly grease and flour a 91/4-by-5 1/4-by 23/4-inch pan. In a large bowl blend together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, walnuts, and salt. In a medium bowl, beat the eggs until foamy before beating in the bananas, butter and beer. Combine the two mixtures, blending until the two ingredients are moistened.

Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 55 to 60 minutes, or until a cake tester or wooden toothpick inserted into the center of the bread comes out clean and the top is golden. Remove from the oven and cool in the pan on a wire rack for 5 to 10 minutes before removing the loaf from the pan.
So good! I think next time I make it I'll add blueberries in it too ;)

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