Jacked-up Banana Bread

Now before you get all excited and think I’m being a bit risque with the title of the post - this banana bread has Jack Daniels Bourbon in it. See? It was perfectly innocent. Shame on you for thinking otherwise!

Sorry about the photos today - we ate half the bread before I remembered you. Please don’t be offended.

I’d like to tell you a great story about the time I visited a little town in Kentucky and saw a very old Bourbon distillery. Except that is the entire story, so it’s not that great. I did go there though, where ever there was….. I can’t remember the town’s name. Ahh the joys of Peri-menopause, my once razor sharp memory is now as sharp as a spoon.

At home I’ve had to start using a diary. "So what?", I hear half of you saying. I’ve never had to use a diary at home - at work yes, but home no. I could always remember what was going on, for not just myself but for everyone in the house.

Piano lessons, hiphop, dentist’s appointments, vet visits, school concerts, haircuts and birthdays. Now unless it’s written in my diary (personally illustrated by Isaac with a green slime monster with candy canes! The Christmas monster maybe?) it’s forgotten about.

I’ve decided that Jacked-up banana bread is a mighty fine way to console myself in my fuddled middle aged state. It’s a recipe that seems to originate with “Mrs Hockmeyer" and then has morphed into something else entirely. It’s almost become an internet heirloom (if there could be such a thing?) with so many bloggers posting this in various forms. Deb from Smitten Kitchen is the one that thought Jack Daniels would be a good idea. She was right!

I cut large thick slices of this as soon as it came out of the oven, popped a scoop of vanilla speckled icecream on top and then completely unnecessarily poured a little hot fudge sauce over it. I can’t even begin to tell you how good that was. Yes, I’m speechless. I think you just need to make it. Write the recipe down and put it somewhere you won’t forget it. Mine is going into my green monster diary with the candy canes.

This is a great way to use up those bananas that are past their best or languishing in the freezer.

Jacked-up Banana Bread

adapted and enjoyed via Joy the Baker, via Smitten Kitchen via Simply Recipes etc.

  • 3 to 4 ripe bananas mashed
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon bourbon (if you have an unsteady hand and accidentally add a little more it seems to be fine!)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • Pinch of ground cloves
  • 1 1/2 cup of flour
  • 3/4 cup coarsely chopped almonds

Preheat the oven to 180C/350F

Mix the melted butter into the mashed bananas in a large mixing bowl.

Mix in the sugar, egg, vanilla and bourbon, then spices.

Add baking soda and salt and mix. Add the flour, mix. Add the chopped almonds and stir gently until just mixed through.

Pour mixture into a greased and floured or lined loaf pan.

Bake for roughly 1 hour. I started checking mine after 45 minutes.

Cool on a rack or slice while warm and serve with icecream and chocolate sauce.

Don’t forget to write it down!

P.S. My little Bird’s Nest Cookies were in the Dominion Post this week, how exciting is that!

P.P.S. My lovely husband bought me an apron from Flirty Aprons. These are seriously cute aprons! I believe Mothers Day is coming up, so if anyone wants a new one, check those out and drop your guy/girl some strong hints about Marilyn aprons and high heels. That ought to do the trick.