Our brains are such that memories, emotions and even that feeling of déjà vue can be triggered by scents and aroma. And nothing triggers the sense of “home” and “comfort” like the aromas of certain foods wafting through the house.
One of those food is the scent of fresh baking bread which also happens to be one of Tall & Handsome’s favorite homemade foods.
Of course, there are all kinds of breads you can make at home – from quick breads, cornbread, nut breads and yeast breads which include a whole variety of its own. A few years ago we invested in a bread machine that would make a one and a half pound loaf of bread. I know bread machines have been around for a while and even ours goes through period of frequent use and then periods of rest. We tend to use it more when T & H has more time at home.
Recently, T & H bought a bunch of bananas at the store and I was going to make my “Aunt LaRue said this is the best banana pudding she ever ate” banana pudding, but things got a tad busy, and the bananas got a little too ripe for pudding.
I decided to make a loaf of banana bread. I have a recipe for what T & H calls the best banana bread in the world. But, this time, I thought I might try something a little different and make a banana bread in the bread machine.
This recipe used a cup of whole wheat flour, oatmeal, plus only one tablespoon of butter and two tablespoons of honey. I also used low fat sour cream instead of regular sour cream thus reducing fat and calories and the bread was still wonderful. Don’t expect the sweetness of a banana nut bread, but do expect a wonderful, healthy bread that tastes as good as it smells while baking. It’s wonderful toasted, drizzled with a little honey and a hot cup of coffee.
Banana Oatmeal Bread
1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
1 egg, beaten
1/4 cup low fat sour cream
2 cups sliced ripe bananas (about 3 bananas)
2 cups bread flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon powdered nonfat dry milk
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 teaspoons dry yeast for bread machines
1. Add ingredients to the bread machine.
2. Select the Light Crust setting and start the bread machine.
3. Once the bread in finished baking, remove it from the pan, place it on a rack to cool.
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