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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Crockpot Banana Bread

Today is Christmas Eve.  I'm getting my Tuesday recipe out early today so I can hit the kitchen running.  Does anyone know what this item is?

What is this?
Does this next photo help?


It's actually called a Crock-pot Bread and Cake Bake.  I bought two of these years ago at an outlet store.  I see one almost every time I go to a thrift store so I guess they weren't much of a marketing success.  I have a small size which fits a small crockpot, and this one which fits in a five quart crockpot.  This is what I use to make "quick" breads like banana bread, pumpkin bread or cranberry bread.  I turn "quick" breads into "slow" breads.  All you do is mix up the cake or bread.  Then you put it into a greased pan.  I use this special pan but you can use a metal coffee can or even a loaf pan.  It's a good idea to put a little metal rack on the bottom of the crockpot first.  Place the pan on the rack, set the crockpot on high and forget it for 3 - 4 hours depending on how hot your crockpot gets.  Some recipes say two hours but mine is never done in that amount of time.  If you don't have this pan and use another, put a towel over the top of the crockpot and then put the cover on.  The towel absorbs the excess moisture that forms when the bread bakes.

Banana Bread ingredients ready to go.

Crockpot Banana Bread

1 1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter
2 eggs
1 teaspoon baking soda
4 small ripe bananas, mashed
3 tablespoons water or milk
2 cups flour
1/2 cup chopped pecans (optional)

Cream sugar and butter.  Beat in eggs, one egg at a time.  Add milk or water and bananas.
Thoroughly mix in remaining ingredients.  Pour into greased pan.  Place in slow cooker and bake on high until done (3-4 hours).  Toothpick or skewer will come out clean.

This doesn't look like your normal loaf of banana bread.

When cut up, it looks and tastes the same.

I had a few extra pieces for my dad's bedtime snack.  Anything is good slathered in butter.