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After a week of heavy holiday food I decided to post a recipe that’s a little bit lighter than what many of us have been eating lately. I made up this version of banana bread a little while ago and discovered it’s a wonderful late afternoon snack with a cup of hot tea. It’s perfectly delightful to nibble on as we make the transition from fall to winter.

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overview of bread in pan
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As many of you know, I love history. We were fortunate to be able to stop by the Barrett Farm open house in Concord, Massachusetts a few weeks ago.

Back in 1775, the farm’s owner, Colonel James Barrett, was stockpiling munitions for the town on his land. Needless to say, the British were not pleased with their American subject. As the British marched into Concord to seize the farm on April 19, 1775, word spread of their impending arrival. The British Regulars were “interrupted” by American farmers and the ensuing battle marked the beginning of the American Revolution. The rest, as they say is history.

Time took its toll and the farmhouse fell into disrepair. Fortunately, local and Federal funds made restoration of the property possible.

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I only show you a glimpse of the farmhouse with my photos in case you decide to visit. The artisans did an amazing job, painstakingly restoring historic details. The house, now beautifully preserved, is part of the Minuteman National Park and is open to the everyone.

I don’t know about you, but I love decorating. I wish I could pack up the cabinets from this home and put them in my kitchen. The paint and woodwork are simply gorgeous. What is it about old paint colors? (I frequently find myself buying this locally made paint in an attempt to replicate the look.)

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After our journey to the farm, it was wonderful to come home and relax with a warm piece of Honey-Pecan Banana Bread with Shaved Chocolate. Sensational. I hope you like it too.

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Honey-Pecan Banana Bread with Shaved Chocolate

1/3 c (28g) amarynth flour
1/3 c (28 g) buckwheat flour
2/3 c (56 g) almond flour
2/3 c (87 g) all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp (2 g) salt
3/4 tsp (3 g) baking soda
3 over ripe bananas
1/4 c (60 g) yogurt
1/2 c (140 g) local honey
1/4 c (25 g) coconut palm sugar
4 tbs (40 g) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
2 tsp (8 g) vanilla extract
2 eggs
1/3 c (45 g) good quality chocolate, coarsely shaved or finely chopped
1 cup or a big fistful of pecans, toasted and chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (180 Celsius).

Grease and flour bottom and sides of a 9-by-5-by-3-inch loaf pan and set aside.
Mix dry ingredients together in large bowl; set aside.
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment mix bananas until fairly smooth. Add yogurt, honey, sugar, eggs, butter, vanilla. Mix well.
Add dry ingredients. Mix until just combined.
Fold in pecans and chocolate.
Bake for about 50-60 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean and top is golden brown.
Cool in pan on a wire rack.

Note: I haven’t tried it but I suspect you could use 50% almond flour and 50% all-purpose flour and get a tasty banana bread. I’m mentioning this in case you don’t have the fancy flours available to you.

Bon appétit!

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  1. Oh my God, you did it again. I love the dishes, the banana bread and that historic woman portrait is stunning. I’m not sure this is “light” but I guess it is compared to your other temptations! LoL. Gorgeous.

  2. I love the brown glaze on the top of the banana bread. It reminds me of the shine on just polished leather shoes and is beautiful. You come up with the best dessert recipes and display it in such a breathtaking manner!

  3. I could look at your photos all day. Your lucky to live near these incredible places. Thank you for the alternate banana bread recipe as well. Everything is beautiful.

  4. did I ever tell you that hubby & I lived in, well rented, one of the first houses lived in by the first constable of sandwich? A house that was built in the 1600’s. It was OLD. ha. It was pretty, but old and cold. I tried to like the antique life, but it was hard because it was also noted that it was haunted too. There was a book written about it because of all the hiding spots in it.
    But, the true downfall was the fact that on the other side of the house there was another home, attached but detached and in there lived a hoarder. Sooo, we had to leave. One of these days I have to tell you all about it

  5. An enchanting post! The historical references and photos pair deliciously with the Banana Bread. I am transported back in time to late autumn in shades of brown and rust, lovely!

  6. What a gorgeous loaf of banana bread! I am definitely going to be trying this one.

    Thank you for another wonderful glimpse into the past on your adventures. I have to say the bed doesn’t look very comfy compared to what we are used to.

    Gee, they’re not making it very easy for us with those codes to type in these days 🙁

  7. El! The bread with the acorn and the leaves on the wood is wall art. I would buy a photograph of that if I had a little shop. It is stunning… well – they are all stunning. Lovely farewell to fall… as I am sure it will be snowing there, soon.

  8. Love how the recipe sounds. Glad you suggested an alternative to the fancy flours. I think I could get hold of most but have never heard of the first! May I ask if almond flour is the same as ground almonds? I have that and it’s quite fine but also quite moist when compared to standard wheat flour.
    Thanks for sharing this very interesting recipe! I’m pinning it, sounds like a lovely post-Christmas treat 🙂

  9. I really love your blog. I’m not sure how you did it but it’s very cool. Did you hire a designer? The photos are excellent and I wouldn’t mind a piece of banana bread either!

  10. I really, really like the top photo. Love, actually. Beautiful. I’ll have to check out the house the next time we visit Concord.

  11. I always enjoy looking at your photographs El. Your banana bread looks gorgeous. I believe I have already found the recipe for banana bread that I really like but I’m surely trying yours as well!

  12. Hey there. Question about the recipe. You have butter listed in the directions but not in the ingredients list. Am I missing it ? Thanks for the lovely site.

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