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Walnut Banana Bread

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Walnut Banana Bread is perfect blend of fruit and nuts. Use over ripe bananas for the best flavor. This makes a perfect gift any time for family and friends. Simply wrap the loaf in a new clean napkin or dish towel and tie with a bow.

Ingredients:

1/3 lukewarm milk

1 egg

1/2 cup over ripe mashed bananas

3 tablespoons sugar

2 tablespoons butter

3 cups bread flour approx.

1 teaspoon active dry yeast

3/4 teaspoons salt

1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Preparation:

Pre heat oven to 350 F

In a small bowl, combine milk, sugar, and yeast. Let rest for 5 min. or until yeast is bubbly.

In a large bowl mix together the salt, bread flour, and cinnamon. Mix the yeast mixture into the dry ingredients. Next mix in the egg, over ripe mashed bananas, and butter. Stir until the dough starts to leave the sides of the bowl and form a ball. You may have to add more flour or water a little at a time. Dough should be soft but firm enough to knead.

Turn out the dough to a lightly greased surface. Lightly oil your hands, and knead it for 6 to 8 min., or until it begins to become smooth and supple.

Place the dough into a lightly oiled bowl. Cover with a warm damp cloth. Allow the dough to rise between 1 to 2 hours. Dough should be close to double in size. I place bread dough on top of my stove where it will stay warm. This decreases the proofing time.

Punch down the dough and shape it into an 8" log. Place the dough into a lightly oiled 8 1/2" x 4 1/2" loaf pan; cover the pan loosely with lightly oiled plastic wrap. Let the bread to rise for about 1 to 2 hours more.  It will be ready to bake when it is about 1" above the rim of the pan.

Place the bread into the oven. Bake the Walnut Banana Bread for 30 to 35 minutes. The bread will sound hollow when tapped when it is ready.

Remove the loaf of Walnut Banana Bread from the oven, and turn it out of the pan onto a cooling rack or clean dry cloth. If you would like a softer crust rub the top of the loaf with butter while still hot.

Let cool completely before slicing.

Enjoy

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