With having aging bananas sitting on my kitchen counter for several days* (see tip that follows), I had already planned on making my banana bread today but I wasn't necessarily planning on blogging about it, (not yet at least)... That is, until I found out that today, Wednesday February 23, 2011 is national Banana Bread Day! Who knew??? Well then, let the celebration begin!!! It must be fate :)
1 stick butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar (plus extra for topping)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup honey
4 overly ripe bananas, mashed
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 c. whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon (plus extra for topping)
1/2 teaspoon fresh grated nutmeg
1 tablespoon fresh orange zest
1 cup shelled pistachio's
-Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
-In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugars together.
-Add the honey,eggs and vanilla and beat until light and fluffy.
-Mix in the mashed banana and orange zest.
-Sift together the flours, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg.
-Stir all ingredients together until well mixed and add the pistacio's
-Butter 2 loaf pans and divide the batter equally between the two pans.
-Sprinkle tops of each loaf batter with additional sugar and cinnamon (if desired)
-Bake for 1 hour, or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
-Cool 10 minutes and then remove loaves from pans to cool completely.