Friday, November 6, 2009

Semi-Homemade Banana Bread

I am participating in Food Friday hosted by Michael at
I love this time of the year, especially Pumpkin and Banana Breads, but I work fulltime and just can not find the time to bake from scratch. So I bake Semi-homemade. I love watching Sandra Lee on Food TV.  She takes package foods and turns them into even better food .
This is not really new because I have been doing this for all my married years. A girl must learn to improvise.

 I use a store brand brand bread and turn it into a even better banana bread.

 I Follow the directions on the box and prepare the mix. I have found that if I prepare the bread according to the directions and then add my extra ingredients the bread turns out bettter.

After preparing the batter I add 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract, 3-4 bad bananas (bananas no one will eat), but I just can't bring myself to throw them away, so I stick them in the freezer. They actually have more favorite when they are frozen and then thawed. I cut them up into small pieces to make mixing easier. 1/2 cup to 1 cup of nuts. I am using pecans today but walnuts work great.
Mix all together and place in a greased loaf pan, Bake according to package directions.

I watch mind just to make sure it doesn't burn,sometimes adding extra ingredients causes it to bake faster.
So while we are waiting for the bread to bake, lets make some honey butter. Taste great on the bread.

You need l stick of butter, softened. you can use margarine but I find butter just taste better when you are making favored  butters. Add 1/4-1/2 cup of honey. I like to taste the butter so I only use 1/4 cup of honey. You just have to use your own judgement.
Mix together the softened butter and honey. I use my mixer because its easier but I have done it by hand.
You want a smooth consistency.
Place in a container and it will keep in your refrigerator for weeks, but with the bread it probably won't last that long.

Doesn't the bread look good, Wish you could smell it. It smells Wonderful !!!!

Taste great especially with the honey butter.
Try your hand at baking this Banana Bread. You will love it and so will your family.
I actually made mini-loave size last year and gave to my co-workers for Christmas with the honey butter. Everyone loved it and wanted the recipe.I didn't share. Every girl needs a secret.
Thanks for stopping by, Patricia


  1. I love shortcuts and your recipe looks like it makes a fine loaf of banana bread. Thanks for sharing it with us. Have a wonderful weekend.

  2. That is a great shortcut recipe. I love the idea of the honey butter...I'll be making that next time I make banana bread.

  3. I'm so like you. My daughter says I don't cook, I assemble. You know, I have never made honey butter. This I'll have to try, too.