Banana Bread {And Some News}

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I have another Banana Bread recipe on this blog.  Its perfect and amazing and I have made it no less then fifty times.


But then my dear hubby brought some other woman’s banana bread home from work.  And then he said… get this…

“I like this better.”

I Faint.

I Sob.

I Throw myself on the floor in a fit of justified hysteria.

And then I decided to see if I could replicate it. Cause he was right, it was fabulous.


I found a recipe that was a bit different, tweaked it a bit, and boy am I happy.

Its amazing.  Delicious.  Moist. Full of wonderful banana flavor.  I would never have known this banana bread bliss had another woman’s baked goods not threatened to capture my hubbies heart.

But remember I have some news?

Well, turns out that a fabulous publisher thinks I have a book in me.

I will be writing a book based on the creations like you see here on iambaker.  Most of the book will be new ideas, but there will also be some revamped old favorites. (Like the Rose Cake.  Its probably my favorite cake ever!)

So I had this big “surprise” moment planned out in my head.  A year or so from now I would announce, “I’ve written a book!  Here it is!”

But something just didnt feel right about that.

See, this blog wouldn’t be much without you.

Without your feedback and comments and participation.

We have teamed up nicely to do Cake Challenges.

We have succeeded in making baked goods for people across the country.

We have brainstormed ways to give baked gifts to people in need.

Did you catch the important word in all those things?


I would not be writing a book if it weren’t for us.

So, dear friends, it just doesn’t seem right to not have you be a part of this process.

I want to include you and share secrets and behind the scenes happenings with you.  I want you, my friends, to get more then the person who just picks up a copy of the book on a bookshelf.  (Right now I am just hoping that someone gets the opportunity to pick one up on a bookshelf!  It still seems like an impossible dream!)

We have come this far.  Now lets take it to the next level.

You may have noticed that my blog posting has slowed down considerably and that I have started a “Baking With” feature.  This is because I have been busy with  (having four kids and a husband whom are my first priority!) book stuff and just cant bake three treats a week like I used too.

Its a bummer to me that I cant post as often right now, but it is my hope that you will understand.  That you will embrace the people that have graciously agreed to join the iambaker baking family through guest posts.  That you will do what friends do… tell me if an idea needs work or if I buttercream frosting in my hair or if I am just nuts.


And now for the recipe: (Adapted from

Perfect Banana Bread

2 eggs

1/3 cup vanilla yogurt

½ cup vegetable oil

1 cup ripe mashed bananas

1 ½ cups white sugar

½ cup brown sugar

½ tsp vanilla extract

1 ¾  cups all-purpose flour

1 tsp baking soda

½  tsp salt



Preheat oven to 325 degrees and prepare chosen pan.

Blend together the eggs, yogurt, oil, extract and bananas in mixer with low speed.

Add in sugars and fully incorporate.  Then add flour, baking soda, and salt and mix until just combined.

Pour into prepared pan and bake 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

I have doubled this recipe with great success.

(Be sure to start checking your banana bread at 45 minutes.  I have had it be done in 50 minutes or heard that it can take as much as 75 minutes.  It just depends on the accuracy of your oven.)


In case I forgot to mention, I am hoping for a fall release for the book, which means I will need to get it done very early on in 2012.  This tight deadline is tough, but good.  I am excited!  Nervous.  But mostly just grateful for this amazing opportunity.

I hope you know how thankful I am that you are willing to come along for the ride.





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  1. says

    Congratulations!! I am a quiet lover of your blog, but I had to tell you that I would have very much the same reaction as you if my husband chose another woman’s baking over mine…and then proceed to replicate it and send it along to work with a large batch of jumbo chocolate chip cookies. Bring it ON.

  2. says

    Congratulations!! I am a quiet lover of your blog, but I had to tell you that I would have very much the same reaction as you if my husband chose another woman’s baking over mine…and then proceed to replicate it and send it along to work with a large batch of jumbo chocolate chip cookies. Bring it ON.

  3. says

    Amanda, I’ve been out of blog land for awhile so I totally missed this post. Congratulations! I am so very happy for you. I think you will make one wonderful author, what fun! And oh, I am so going to have to try this banana bread, sounds delish!

  4. anna says

    hi amanda, my favorite and old standby cookbook is the better homes and garden. second favorite is any of the taste of home cookbooks. they are all easy to make and stuff you have on hand and ALWAYS, come come perfect, even for a beginner like me. love your site, SO glad i found you!

  5. Janis says

    yay for a book! :) I can’t wait to add it to my shelf of books. I will share with all my friends and say “I know her!!!!” lol

    Congrats! :)

  6. says

    My all-time favorite cook is the small paperback one from Betty Crocker. I’ve had it since I was a teenager and made so many dishes through its instruction. It is falling apart now but I still have it and plan to hold on to it :-)

  7. Denise Heesch says

    Amanda, my computer crashed about 5 weeks ago, and we had a grand daughter born July 30 who came home for the first time on halloween so I have missed you and your blog and your news.

    I was just telling my mother in law and my niece about your blog on sunday, and here I am on tuesday feeling guilty I had been gone so long and missed your great news. So congratulations, and I can’t wait for your book.

  8. Kristine M says

    My favorite cookbook? Well, it would have to be the red checkered one, and the faded Joy of Cooking – both received when I got married 27 yrs ago.
    What have I made something from most recently? That would have to be your website. I love making pretty, delicious things, and you are an unending source of inspiration!

  9. Lori says

    Many happy wishes your way. The blog to book phenomenon is so fun to watch. I’ve only been around for a couple of months and love it here. I still haven’t done my banana bread side by side comparison- and now it looks like I’ll add one more. 😉

  10. Sue Bryant says

    After my hubby and I retired, we became missionaries to people living in poverty. They love my baking! And because I’d love a Kindle, I have to say the author who started me on the baking is Marjorie Standish, with her cookbook entitles, “More Cooking Down East”!

  11. says

    Hi Amanda, I am obsessed with this recipe! I have made it many, many times and it is PERFECT every single time. Thank you so much for sharing this. Have you ever made muffins with this recipe? A few time I have used a bit of batter and made muffins, only to have them sink in the middle. Thank you very much for your time and I love your new book :)