Banana Bread with Bourbon Sauce

Over ripe bananas are only good for one thing…Banana Bread! I had a few bananas that were past the point of being edible on their own so off I went baking, but I wanted a little more than just banana bread.  I wanted something to top my banana bread…BOURBON!!! Hey, bourbon is good on just about anything and in Kentucky we can think of some pretty creative ways to use it!

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Ingredients for Banana Bread:

1 stick butter, room temperature (use the wrapper to butter the loaf pan)

1 1/2 c. all purpose flour

1 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. salt

3 very ripe bananas

1 c. white sugar

2 large eggs

1/2 c. sour cream

1 tsp. vanilla extract

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Butter and flour 9x5x3 inch loaf pan.

In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder & salt.

In a separate bowl, mash the bananas with a wooden spoon (leave some small chunks).

In another large bowl, use a mixer to cream the butter & sugar together until fluffy.  Add eggs one at a time.  Stir in the bananas, sour cream, vanilla and beat until combined (you can add in nuts or chocolate chips at this point if you want).

Stir in the dry ingredients and pour batter in loaf pan.

Place pan on a baking sheet on middle rack of oven.

Bake for 1 hr & 10 min.  Cool 5 min in the pan then turn out onto wire rack to cool completely.

Bourbon Sauce

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Ingredients:

1/2 c. brown sugar

1/4 c. white sugar

1/2 c. bourbon ( I probably use more than this)

1/2c. water

Bring brown sugar, white sugar, bourbon & water to a boil over high heat. Turn heat to medium-low and continue to reduce until it is syrupy (about 6 min or so).  Stir it occasionally to prevent it from burning.  Cool for 5 minutes and serve over banana bread.

The bourbon sauce can be stored in the refrigerator.  Just warm it up and stir before serving. I have no idea how long it will keep because it really doesn’t last that long around here. 

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Crock Pot Apple Butter

My son and I love apple butter. I was raised eating it on toast and biscuits and I love it so much I can eat it by the spoonful. I was really surprised to find out that not everyone knows what apple butter is.

Boyfriend: “It’s apples and butter, right?”

Me: “Nooooo…There’s no butter in apple butter!”

Boyfriend: “Then why is it called apple BUTTER?”

Heck if I know,why is a driveway called a driveway when you just park on it? If anyone has the answers, please enlighten me.

It must be a Kentucky thing, says my boyfriend!

Since fall is getting ready to start and it’s apple season (not to mention my grandmother gave me 21 pounds of apples when she found out I was thinking about making apple butter) I decided to try my hand at homemade apple butter. I scoured the internet looking for interesting, but easy, recipes and found one on A Year of Slow Cooking. I cut out some of the sugar after reading about how sweet the apple butter turned out and since I’m somewhat health conscious, I figured we didn’t need all that sugar anyway. It turned out just yummy and my boyfriend has now been educated on all things apple butter!

This is cooked completely in the crock pot and takes a day and a half to two days to cook. apple butter canned

Ingredients:

Apples (I used about 8 lbs of small to medium Washington apples)

1 Tablespoon Vanilla

2 teaspoons Cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

1 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup white sugar

Directions:

I peeled all the apples first because I didn’t want to pick out the peels after the apples cooked. Believe me, this extra step is worth it.

Core and quarter the apples and place in crock pot.

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Add vanilla. Cover and cook on low for 8 hrs.

After 8 hrs, mash the apples. I used a potato masher. At this point they are almost mush anyway so this was pretty easy. If you didn’t peel the apples now is the time to pick out all the peels.

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Add cinnamon, cloves and sugar and stir.

Cover and cook on low for additional 6 hrs.

Once the apple butter is done, blend with a stick blender (or Immersion blender, if you want to use the fancy name for it). Be careful, it is hot and it will splatter on you, speaking from experience!

That’s it…delish!

finsished apple butter

Now over the hills and through the woods to grandma’s house I go to get her to help me can all of this apple butter!