Dried Cherry-Banana Bread

Course : Breads
Serves: 1
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1/2 cup dried cherries
1/2 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon allspice -- (i used nutmeg)
1/2 cup plus 2 T whole wheat flour -- (i used all white)
2 tablespoons cornmeal -- preferably coarse
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 medium ripe banana
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 large egg
1 tablespoon canola oil
3/4 cup buttermilk
1 tablespoon grated orange peel

Preparation / Directions:

Soak the cherries in warm water for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly coat a large muffing pan with vegetable oil. (or "jewel pan" or mini bundt pan) Sift together the dry ingredients into a large bowl. Mix the banana, brown sugar, egg, oil, buttermilk and orange peel in blender or processor. Make a well in dry ingredients, add banana mixture and mix gently. Drain and fold in the cherries. Spoon into prepared pan. Bake until a pick comes out clean, about 40-45 minutes. Notes: I used about 1/4 cup oil and reduced the buttermilk. I doubled the recipe and used a jewel pan and a mini-bundt pan. a great banana-cherry bread. I just finished baking it--and, of course, had to sample. This is really good. I got busy and the dried cherries soaked for about an hour with no ill-effects.


Nutritional Information:

1078 Calories (kcal); 22g Total Fat; (17% calories from fat); 22g Protein; 205g Carbohydrate; 193mg Cholesterol; 1381mg Sodium

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