Most banana nut breads are too sweet for my taste, so I adapted this recipe from Muffins & Quick Breads (Williams-Sonoma Kitchen Library). It’s delicious for breakfast with eggs, bacon or fruit or for a snack with a cup of tea or coffee.
It freezes well, so I often double the recipe.
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1 ¼ cups whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup butter, room temperature
½ cup sugar
1 cup mashed ripe banana (2 large bananas)
½ cup pecans
Preheat the oven to 350F (180C). Grease and flour 1 medium loaf pan.
In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda, and salt.
In a large bowl beat together the butter and sugar.
Beat in the banana.
Beat in the eggs. Don’t worry if the mixture looks curdled. It’s not. It’s just really moist!
Stir in the nuts.
Add the flour mixture and stir just until blended.
Spread in the loaf pan. Bake until a thin wooden skewer (aka a toothpick) inserted in the center comes out clean, about 45-55 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes. Turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
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Book two of Lovers and Friends
Tyler Coil doesn't do men. But it's harder to remember that each time he visits his best friend, gorgeous Landon Burke. As a political reporter, Ty is good at reading people, and he can tell the lust is mutual. But giving in to it could mean alienating his ultra-conservative family.
Landon never desired a man badly enough to explore that side of his sexuality—until he met Ty. He's waited four long years for a sign that Ty wants him too, and he can't deny his needs much longer. So when a career opportunity arises out-of-state, Landon wonders if maybe it's time to move on.
Then Ty crashes at Landon's while working on a story—and a searing kiss ignites a night of mind-blowing sex that's better than their most erotic fantasies. Forced to face his feelings, Ty must decide if love is worth the risk after all—before he loses Landon forever.
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