Sunday, August 23, 2009

Sweet Melissa Sundays: Mom's Banana Apple Bread


Our summer has been filled with family and fun, but a large part of me is glad to be home again, where things are quiet and life has an easy pace. I've missed far too many weeks of Sweet Melissa Sundays recipes; maybe someday I'll find time to go back and make some of those recipes. But, onward and upward! This week's recipe from The Sweet Melissa Baking Book was for Mom's Banana Apple Bread. Now, I have a wicked confession to make: I don't love banana bread. Shocking! It's not that I dislike this beloved comfort food in any way. I just don't ever crave it. When I do make banana bread, it isn't because I think, "Wow. Banana bread sounds really good right now." It's because I think, "Wow. I have almost 100 blackened bananas staring at me from the depths of my freezer." So I make banana bread as a way to use up old bananas, not as a way to satisfy any kind of urge.

Apples are a different story. I love any kind of baked good that involves apples. I think I would eat old cereal boxes if they were covered in sauteed cinnamon apples! The addition of Granny Smith apples sauteed in brown sugar and butter to this recipe put it over the top for me. I ate half the loaf all by myself while it was still warm! I also made several mini loaves to give away, and have already had requests for the recipe! If you'd like to make this delicious bread, visit Joy's blog, Hot Oven, Warm Heart.
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23 comments:

  1. I'm glad that even though it had bananas which arent your favorite, they were still really good. Apples definitely made the bread super yummy and different.

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  2. Your bread looks fantastic! Glad you liked it!

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  3. i LOVE your pictures! great job!!

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  4. I'm glad you liked the bread. Your photo is great.

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  5. this look delicious! I ve never baked apples and bananas together must be so good! I love sauteed apples too :)
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  6. Oh good you found a banana bread you like! Your apples look so tasty in that last picture, laying there in the bread! I loved this recipe too and was very pleased with the apple addition!

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  7. Hi Melissa!

    Thank you so much for baking along with me this week! I'm so glad you enjoyed your (gorgeous) loaf, even though banana bread usually doesn't do it for you! If I had to pick a recipe to convert someone to a banana bread lover, this would hands down be the one. I hope now you have a good use for those hundred frozen black bananas (I have a pretty good collection in my freezer too)!

    Hope you're doing well and having a fun and relaxing summer weekend! Hope to hear from you soon :)

    <3,
    Joy

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  8. Im glad you like this, the apples add such a nice touch to the banana brea!

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  9. Great pics! I've never been a banana bread fan, but I loved this one! :)

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  10. I am so with you on this one - banana bread is yummy, but never my first choice when it comes to desserts. Your bread looks terrific - love the photos! The apples barely made it into my bread - I wanted to eat them all straight from the saute pan :)

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  11. Your bread looks fantastic... i love how i can see all the apples.

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  12. I love the big chunks of apples, so yummy! Lovely photos.

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  13. i never really "crave" banana bread either. but i must say, i think this one is worth the cravings!!! i've had three pieces this morning. shhh!

    beautiful bread, by the way!!

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  14. Love the pictures with the apples! My dad always makes me banana bread so I think that's why I like it so much. Glad you finally found a recipe you enjoy that uses up all your old bananas!

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  15. Yay, I'm glad this recipe got you to love banana bread!

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  16. Yummy looking bread, and so glad you finally found a banana bread you like!

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  17. The bread looks wonderful and I'm glad it was such a hit for you! Fall is a great time to get back to baking, so hopefully you'll get to try some of the recipes you missed. I think this is the only Sweet Melissa recipe I haven't liked.

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  18. Yours looks amazing. I agree that I loved this recipe, the apples were perfect. I will make this again. I am glad that you are bake to baking and getting in to a routine.
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  19. I'm glad you liked it! It was very delicious.

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  20. I'm usually less than keen on banana bread too! I mean, i'll eat it if it's around, but I haven't been tempted to bake it myself (apart from a bday cake request..and that involved frosting - which i'm always up for) But I really liked this one & I'm glad you found it tasty too! I'm definitely going to try freezing bananas, thanks for the reassurance that it works so well!

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  21. Funny how you don't like banana bread. My mom is exactly like that. She likes bananas and bread, just not together :o)
    Your bread turned out delicious though. Love the texture and color yours has.

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  22. Hey! Just wanted to say thanks for ordering an apron! It's on it's way to you now and I hope you love it!!!!!!
    -Stephanie from IceCreamBeforeDinner

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  23. Oh, that looks super yummy! I too adore anything apple and cinnamony. The addition just sent this recipe over the edge!!

    Katie xox

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