Sunday morning treat

Temporarily separated by one thousand kilometers, my partner and I decided yesterday to Skype each other and bake banana nut bread simultaneously. Like two modern Julia Childs, we set our webcams in the kitchen, and proceeded to describe what we were doing with the ingredients. We used differents recipes, and while Mark claims that his banana nut bread would easily "bring all the boys to the yard" (if you don't get it, look up Kelis' Milkshake), I was extremely pleased with mine and thought I would share the recipe here.

Yields one 10-inch loaf

1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup plain yogurt (or buttermilk)
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup ripe bananas, mashed (about 2 or 3 bananas)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped

Preheat oven at 350°F. Butter and flour a 10-inch loaf pan (I used parchment paper as well).
In a bowl, cream together white sugar, brown sugar and eggs. Add oil, yogurt and vanilla extract.
In another bowl, mix dry ingredients together (flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt). Add gradually to the wet mixture.
Mash bananas coarsely, using a fork (it should be a bit chunky). Add them to the mixture. Finally, add cinnamon and chopped walnuts.
Pour into pan and bake at 350°F for 1 hour (or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean).


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