Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Paula's Stoneware and Mom's Banana Bread

It has been months since I walked into an Ollie's Store and it may be months before it happens again, but in the back of the middle of the store was a huge display with a buyout of Paula Deen Cookware. Hundreds of her "Signature Collection" oven to table stoneware, ironware, muffin tins, cake pans and kitchen utensils. I could tell as I picked up different of the pieces, that this was good quality cookware. I purchased two 9" x 5" loaf pans, one for me and one for a friend with a birthday coming soon.

Since I spend considerable time in the kitchen baking and cooking, I am always in need of sturdy spatulas. I purchased two packs of her well made wooden silicone pack for me and one for my friend to go along with the loaf pan for her birthday. The stoneware looks and feels like hand-thrown pottery, and has a raised swirl pattern. But the best part was the price...$6.99.

On my kitchen counter were some very ripe bananas, which lead me to the recipe I found in the blog world, a few weeks ago. I tried this recipe once before and it became an instant hit with my family and friends. This recipe was shared by "cottagebythesea" blog. It was handed down to this friend by her mother and it called "Mom's Banana Bread". I am well aware that there are probably hundreds of banana bread recipes in cookbooks today, and I have tried many of them. Let me tell you , this is definitely one of our new favorites!! In fact, when I took the loaves from the oven last evening and shared some with my husband, he does what he always does when I try new recipes, at my request he rates them on a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the best. You are probably thinking by now, that we must be a wild and crazy couple at this house...with events like this taking place, and you are right!! Seriously, I will share this recipe with you, or you can visit "cottagebythe sea" blog and see her beautifully photographed version of the recipe. So, just in case you find yourself with overly ripe banana on your kitchen counter, or you happened upon a Paula Deen cookware display at your local Ollie's, this recipe may come in handy for you today.

1 1/2 cups of flour

1 1/4 cups sugar

1/2 cup butter

2 eggs, well beaten

1/4 tea. salt

4 TBS. sour cream

1 tsp. baking soda

1 cup mashed banana

1 tsp. vanilla

3/4 cup of chopped toasted walnuts

In hot skillet brown walnuts for 2 - 3 minutes. Cool.

In large bowl cream the butter and sugar. Add beaten eggs. Dissolve baking soda in sour cream and add to the batter. Add mashed bananas, flour, salt, vanilla and nuts. Mix well. Bake at 325 degreess, in 9 x 13 inch pan for 45 minutes- 1 hour. If using loaf pans, bake at 325 degrees for 35 minutes, or until firm to touch. You can also bake this in muffin tins for 25 - 30 minutes. Serve warm. It was stated on the cottage by the sea blog," that this recipe is moist and yummy because of the sour cream". I agree. What takes it up a few notches for me, are the toasted walnuts.


southerninspiration said...

mmmmmm, how could it not be good, with sour cream and toasted walnuts? thanks for the recipe! I do have a fav. banana bread recipe that is so easy, but I will give this one a try. And where is Ollie's ??? I'd love a new PD loaf pan for 6.99!!! Thanks for sharing.


Stacey said...

What a neat gift you put together. I'll try to remember that combo.

The banana bread sounds so yummy with sour cream in it. Just need a little coffee. :)

Have a great day!

Judy said...

It all looks good...the pan, the spatulas...and a great cake!

And you really know where to find the bargains. I didn't think you would want to post the price of your pan...but what a deal you found.

Have a great day.

LisaShaw said...

O boy I can see me tearing into this with a cup of hot coffee. Mmm good.

You are so precious in all that you do Judy. You have such a heart of GIVING. That is so pleasing to the LORD.

May the blessings of our GOD richly pour over you and your entire family in Jesus Name.

Love you.

Chad, Linds and the Twins said...

Dear Aunt Judy, this bread looks amazing and I have already heard it is. I can't wait to make it. Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog yesterday! I am just learning how to do everything, including leaving comments-haha! It was so fun getting to talk and catch up a little bit at the picnic the other night. Love you!

Sheryl said...

wow that sounds good. any bread with sour cream in it, is a hit with me!

now i want to happen on a paula deen display!!

Anonymous said...

I looks and sounds delis. I bet the sour cream does make it better. Paula Dean is one of my faves too. "Nothing says loving, like something from the oven." Husbands love the homemade things, don't they?

Lovella ♥ said...

OH yummy . .the banana bread sounds wonderful. I have done much the same as you over the last few years. . .replenishing my old kitchen ware when I puchase some for other gifts. . .it makes both of us happy.

Happy@Home said...

How fun to find such a great bargain on Paula Deen's cookware and how sweet of you to think of your friend's birthday too. I love banana bread and imagine this one is very good with the addition of sour cream. Can't wait to try it.

Barb said...

Judy, I will have to look for this. And, the recipe sounds yummy!


Shelley said...

I love your gift ideas! That stoneware looks very nice! I'm very excited to try your banana bread recipe! I had made something similiar (but didn't have the walnuts and a few other things you mentioned) that also had sour cream and I had made mini loaves at xmas for gifts. Yours sounds way better!!

Anonymous said...

I will be trying this recipe for sure. Thank you so much. I'm always on the look out to find delicious recipes for coffee and tea. I like how your hubby rates them :>)

Connie said...

My family loves banana bread and I might just have to try this recipe. Like I said have the best! Love your new pans and spatulas. Isn't it fun to get some new things for the kitchen??? And they are pretty too! Smelling that bread now...I'm on my way over!!!


LisaShaw said...

Hi dear one, come on over to Sharing Life with Lisa I have something for you on today's post.

I love you.

Sara said...

I can vouch that this is good---as I was the lucky recipient of this amazing bread, loaf pan & spatulas!!! Thank you Judy...I still laugh when I think of your phone call....:-) You truly gave me a wonderful ending to a special birthday!! Thanks you dear friend!

Tina Butler said...

Oh I love Paula Deen cookware. I have her Percolater, and Cookware Set and I love them. I want to get some of her stoneware. Some of them have the recipes printed right on them, how cool is that!!


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