Brown Sugar Blueberry Banana Bread and a Sweet Little Finch

IMG_2098I had blueberries–I had bananas–I was in the kitchen near a stove–I was dangerous. Soon I found myself baking up a recipe for Brown Sugar Blueberry Banana Bread. As it turns out, it’s a wonderful combination, and I don’t think I’ll make plain banana bread again. The tart blueberry flavor plays off the bland banana sweetness in such a nice way, and I subbed brown sugar for plain white for more flavor. The crumb is moist and velvety. Here’s the recipe . . .

Brown Sugar Blueberry Banana Bread

IMG_21002 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup softened butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup mashed banana (about 3 smallish bananas)
1 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen

Grease a 9 x 5″ loaf pan. (You can also grease and line it with parchment paper.) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. (325 if you are using a Pyrex pan.)

Mix together the flour, baking powder and salt and set aside.

Cream the softened butter with the brown sugar and add the eggs, one at a time. beating well. Add the flour mixture and stir until nearly completely incorporated–it will seem a bit floury. Then add the banana and blueberries; stir just until combined. Scrape into the prepared pan, and bake for 60 to 70 minutes.

Baking notes: I made this using a big spoon, not a mixer, and it turned out fine. Just be sure to really vigorously stir the batter after the eggs have been added–aim for about 100 stirs. This recipe came from a community cookbook, and I always like to check baking times and temperatures with a standard cookbook like Betty Crocker’s. Turns out, this recipe is the Betty Crocker banana bread recipe, just with blueberries added! With the brown sugar, the blueberries, and the added vanilla, though, this has morphed into something else altogether.


Finches, both gold and house, have been spending long sessions at the feeder. The goldfinches especially, sit quietly nibbling for long stretches of time. This little finch perched on the suet cage long enough that I could take her picture. I love her little claws!





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Lastly, I haven’t been seeing many robins lately, until today–they were on the roof and the birdbath, perhaps getting ready for the trip south. Peace to you. Fran




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