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First off, let me say, I love banana bread.  I seem to make it a lot, usually because I have tons of overripe bananas lying around, as I’m a very picky eater and there’s about a 2 hour window in which I can actually eat a banana without gagging.

However, sometimes there’s only one banana left.  And what do you do in that situation?  It’s not nearly enough to make banana bread, but you feel bad throwing it away.  And there’s no way I would ever eat it.  The solution?  Banana-Pear Bread!  I’ve always got some extra fruit lying around and pears seem to do the trick.

Banana Pear Bread

1 c. mashed bananas/pears (you could also try other fruit!)

1 1/2 c. flour

1 1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. baking soda

2 eggs

3/4 c. sugar

1/4 c. cooking oil

1 tbsp. vanilla

1 tsp. cinnamon

nuts, raisins, or whatever else you might like chopped up in there.  I like butterscotch chips but you could do chocolate too!

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease loaf pans (I usually use crisco and a big cheap paintbrush).  In a large bowl, mix together eggs, bananas, sugar, cooking oil and vanilla.  Beat until well mixed.  In another bowl, mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and a bit of salt.  Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture and stir with a spatula until it’s well moistened but not too well mixed.  Now is the time to add the delicious bits – chocolate chips, dried figs, raisins, cashews, whatever you like!  Spoon batter into the loaf pans, filling about 2/3 of the way full (trust me, otherwise you’ve got a battered oven to deal with).  Bake for 50 minutes or so.  If you stick a toothpick into it, it should come out clean.  Let cool on a wire rack, and then slice, slather with good salted organic butter and enjoy!

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