This is just my regular banana bread with diced nectarines added, but it sure is good, and worthy of its own post! Wow! It's so moist, dense (in a good way), and sweet that it's practically cake. One large loaf has 3 bananas and 3 nectarines in it, so it's full of fruit. The nice thing is that you can taste both the nectarines and the bananas well. Banana tends to cover up all other flavors, but because the nectarines are diced and not pureed, they come through great. In the future, I'd like to try adding fresh raspberries instead of the nectarines and see how that turns out.
Nectarine Banana Bread
3/4 C softened butter
1 1/2 C sugar
3-4 mashed overripe bananas (you want about 1 1/2 C)
2 C flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 C buttermilk
3 nectarines, peeled and diced
Preheat oven to 350and grease a one large bread pan (I use this one) or two normal sized ones.
Mix butter and sugar until fluffy, then mix in eggs and bananas. Add
baking soda, salt, and half of the flour to the mixing bowl and beat to
combine. Stir in 1/2 of the buttermilk, then stir in the rest of the
flour. Stir in the last of the buttermilk until everything is well combined. Stir in diced nectarines. Spread batter in prepared
bread pan and bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out
clean, about 1 hour for a large loaf, or around 40-50 minutes for two normal loaves. You can cover the pan with foil if the bread
browns too much. Let baked bread rest for about 20 minutes, then invert
it onto a plate to finish cooling.
Yield: About 12 servings