Cinnamon Raisin Banana Bread is a combination of cinnamon raisin bread and banana bread all in one loaf. A recipe from Seduction in the Kitchen.
It does feel good to be back in the kitchen cooking and creating recipes again. Even I did not realize how much I needed the break to refuel my creative juices until I got back into that kitchen. You are about to see some of that new creative inspiration I have done, starting with this cinnamon raisin banana bread.
Before I dive into this recipe, which I must say is the first of a new style I am doing for the “Makeover Seduction In The Kitchen.” You will see what I mean in a second, but first, let just talk life. Sometimes you need to stop and see what you have already to realize how far you come.
Why the fortune cooking saying? Well, as I lay on my couch writing this post, I am looking around the condo, I see my couches, my end tables, my coffee table, my TV, my dining room set. The key word here is “my”. I own all this, no one helped me buy them, I bought them all new. My condo is still being decorated, but everything in it goes so well together, and I own all of it.
At one point, would I have thought this, no. I thought in order for me to have all that I owned, I have to be married. When I got my divorce, he left me with nothing, I got no support, nothing, I only had $100 in my account and had to figure out surviving. I did that, I slowly got my credit back under control, it better then it been in awhile, not the greatest but better and I own everything in this condo. Nothing is on credit or rented out, well except for the condo itself, I do rent that, but I own all of this, and it makes me happy. I feel successful knowing I did this, it those small things like owning all your furniture that really can make you feel proud and happy.
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So now I done with my life lesson, let’s move on to what you want to see, this cinnamon raisin banana bread recipe. As I said earlier, this post will be the first in my new way of writing recipes. In a weird way, I am going to how I originally wrote Seduction in the Kitchen, I did step by step photos. You can see what I am referring to in one the earliest posts like Florida Citrus Pie.
Those early posts I used my new iPhone to do all of that. Well, I stopped doing that when I realized my photography wasn’t “blog worthy” Then I started using a traditional camera. I didn’t do the cooking process photos because I didn’t want gunk up the camera. Then I got the DSRL and I still didn’t do the process of cooking the recipe photos, because, that camera was very expensive and I saved for over a year to buy it, so I treat with kid gloves.
Why now? Why start adding the cooking process photos. Well, I got to take a chance and just do it. If I am careful, I won’t gunk up my DSRL. So that is what I am doing, I will not guarantee this will be on all posts, but will be on the majority of them. So tell me what you think, do you like this new way of presenting the recipe?
The idea for this recipe came to me when I was craving banana bread and saw a 3lb of bananas on sale for 99 cents. They were so cheap because they perfect for baking, they were starting to turn black. I personally love a good banana taste in any banana bread, so using 4 bananas is normal for me.
The real secret to why this bread is so good is actually in the ingredients. One ingredient, in particular, that is pudding. Pudding mix makes this bread stay moist and just gives it a good taste.
One thing I learned in any baking item is to not to overwork the flour. When you constantly stir and stir a batter, you keep changing the flour, which can make baked good tough and dry. You really want to mix the flour to it just combined. It is ok to have some flour residue in the bowl. Trust me you will see by not over mixing the batter you will have light, fluffy, moist bread.
Almost all banana bread recipes will produce two regular sized loafs. Which is a good thing, because this bread will disappear fast on you. I took a loaf to work and it was gone within a half a day, which forced me to bring the other loaf in. I originally wanted to keep it for myself, but my work was raving about it so much, I had to bring the other in, so it is good that this recipe produces 2 loaves.
- 2 cup ⁄3 oil
- 3 large eggs
- 1 tablespoon milk
- 4 bananas mashed
- 2 cups flour
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 ounce box vanilla instant pudding 3 1/2
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 tablespoon cinnamon
- 1/2 cup raisins
- Preheat oven to 325°F.
- In a bowl, mix oil, eggs, milk and mashed bananas.
- Next add the sugar, vanilla, and pudding to the banana mixture.
- After the banana mixture is all mixed up, add the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, and raisins.
- Just mix it together till the flower is just combined.
- Divide the batter into two, greased 9 x 5 x 3 inch pan and bake for 1 hour or until bread tests done.
- Take them out the oven to cool, then slice them up and ENJOY!