Home made Banana Bread is the best, it’s moist delicious with the taste of bananas throughout. I use pecans in mine because I like them better than walnuts.
This morning for breakfast, the hubster and I had a delicious treat, pan-fried Banana Bread with peanut butter & strawberry puree. I strain my strawberry puree through a sieve to get all the seeds out and it makes it velvety and divine!
The strawberry puree is a pint of fresh or frozen strawberries, since I am the Queen of frozen, mine were fresh frozen. I put them in a pan over low-heat with 1/2 cup of sugar (or to taste), and a pinch of sea salt. Those get cooked over low heat until the strawberries are mushy, and the sugar is dissolved. Turn heat to medium high and watching them very carefully, bring them to a gentle boil for about 2 minutes. Remove them from the heat and with a hand held blender, blend them until smooth. Have a fine sieve (not a colander)over a bowl ready. Pour the now pureed strawberries into the sieve (over the bowl) and with the back of a spoon or spatula for the strawberries through the sieve. When all that is left is the seeds (you may have some solids too) scrape the bottom of the sieve and place the strawberry puree back into the saucepan. Over medium head stirring frequently, cook at a slow simmer until the consistency of a thick sauce.
Pull off the heat, pour into a bowl and let cook for 10 minutes on the counter and then refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.
Some uses for the Strawberry Puree:
Over ice cream, cheesecake, in Strawberry Triffle and as a sauce for french toast, pan fried banana bread, waffles or pancakes!
Pan-Fried Banana Bread
Take slices of banana bread and place in a non-stick skillet with melted butter or olive oil. Mine look small in the picture because I made mini loaves.
Cook over medium high heat until browned on the first side, flip and cook till browned on the other side. Place on small plates- spread your favorite peanut butter on it (some peanut butter may cause the bread to tear, so be gentle if using peanut butter that has been ground fresh.) Drizzle your strawberry puree over the peanut butter and serve.
Note: Slices of bacon would be delish on this bread!
This could easily be made into french toast by dipping your banana bread in a mixture of cream & beaten eggs, cook as directed above.